St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

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A major landmark, St Paul's Cathedral is located near the new public heart of the city, the Federation Square. Built in the revival of the style known as Gothic Transitional, the cathedral was designed by the distinguished architect William Butterfield, who was known for his work on churches. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 on the spot where the first public Christian service was held several decades before. Unusual among the city's notable 19th century buildings, this cathedral was not made from bluestone, the dominant building material in the region. Instead, it was constructed from sandstone, which gives it an unusual yellow-brown coloring. Stop by this historic place of worship to attend one of many daily masses and hear its well-known choir. Use our Melbourne trip maker app to arrange your visit to St Paul's Cathedral and other attractions in Melbourne.
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  • Very nice atmosphere of the church, the traffic is also very convenient, close to the Flinders Street train station. Taking photos requires an extra license to buy photos, not expensive, but I think this is also good, do not encounter the embarrassment of not knowing if the photo is appropriate. It would be nice to sit quietly in a church for a while.
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  • Located directly across from the Visitor Centre, this cathedral is stunning. After paying a $5.00 fee, you are able to take photos of the beautiful stained glass, granite baptismal and the preaching a...  more »
  • I managed to arrive just as Sung Evensong was due to commence, so I stayed for the service, glad I stayed for the experience. Many years since I attended an evensong service.  more »
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  • Very nice cathedral to visit. Incredible stained-glass windows. Don't forget to pay the fee of 5 AUD to be able to take pictures inside. They also have a little shop inside the cathedral with nice postcards, wooden toys (lovely Noah's ark), religious decoration items...
  • Just payed a visit to st Pauls cathedral in flinders st Melbourne and what a magnificent building it is.. the architecture is amazing... thoughroly enjoyed it...
  • Beauriful Anglican cathedral in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Entrance is free, although signs say that a photo permit is $5. However, when we asked the gift store they said they were piloting getting rid of the permit and let us take pictures for free. Beautiful architecture and great acoustics for choirs or musicians. There was African music playing when we were there and it was lovely.
  • - Great Location - Close to Public Transportation - Amazing People - Nice Environment However.....I dont like when they ask money for keeping this building running
  • St Paul’s Cathedral has been an integral part of Christian Melbourne since the city’s foundation: it stands on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836.From 1836 to 1848 the site on which the Cathedral stands served as a corn market for the growing city. In 1848, it was granted to the Anglican Church to build the bluestone St Paul’s Parish Church. Consecrated in 1852, St Paul’s Church was used until 1885 when it was demolished to make way for the liturgical West-end of the present Cathedral.
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