St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

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Visit Australia's longest church, St. Mary's Cathedral. Completed in 1882 in the Gothic Revival style, the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney provides an impressive profile as it stretches back from Hyde Park. From the outside, admire the yellow-block sandstone facade, Gothic windows, pointed arches, and sharp spires reaching skyward. Inside, crane your neck to take in the high central nave and scan the walls to view colorful stained-glass windows. Pope Pius XI bestowed on the church the honor of minor basilica in 1932, and Pope Benedict XVI visited it during World Youth Day in 2008. Put St. Mary's Cathedral into our Sydney trip site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Sydney.
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  • We stayed in Sydney two nights before returning to the UK. St Mary's Cathedral was about ten minutes walk from our hotel in York Street. We visited for Sunday mass. The building has a European look ab...  more »
  • St. Mary's was easy to identify in the Hyde Park area with its impressive medieval cathedral style. The exterior and the interior of St. Mary's displayed common characteristics of European cathedrals....  more »
  • St. Mary's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, built in the site of the first Catholic Church in Sydney, is Australia's largest and oldest religious architecture, just opposite Hyde Park, the cathedral is built from the local sandstone, Gothic architecture is the architectural heritage of medieval cathedrals in Europe. It was founded in 1821, and the Catholic priest officially came to Australia in 1820, so St. Mary's Cathedral was called the mother of the Australian Catholic Church. The interior of the church can be free to visit, can take pictures, Monday is not open oh.
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  • St Mary's Cathedral is located near Hyde Park. There is a small fountain in front of it. You will never miss the cathedral! The building is authentic and beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to visit the interior part of the cathedral due to time constraint but I will definitely visit it again if I have the chance in the future!
  • I don't usually Post a review that's less than very positive unless of course it's warranted but I have to save this place seems to be the most difficult church to work at. I understand it is a cathedral and there are religious ideology and rules that have to be respected that goes without saying however the people that look after the cathedral I quite annoying at times. When I attend this Cathedral working as a photographer I'm often faced with many objections to what can be covered and where I can stand it almost seems as though they just want to be difficult for the sake of it. Even shooting on the front steps of the cathedral is often met by a security guard that tells you you have to move on and will stand in the shot until you leave. Extremely rude and such a shame they have such a poor attitude for probably the highest profile Cathedral in the country.
  • Outside the cathedral you can hear many cars and people chatting but once you step into this place, it's a different story. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. Don't miss the lights of Christmas during Christmas time. Not much crowded on a Sunday night. A must see place.
  • Really nice architecture even though the cathedral is young considering the age of other churches and cathedrals in the world. It nice and peaceful place to go even if you just want to get away from the busyness of the city.
  • Although I'm not a Christian, I could only admire the architecture and the reverent aura emitted by the Cathedral.

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