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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. Make St. Mary's Cathedral a centerpiece of your Sydney vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sydney tourist route planner.
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  • This is God's Holy Temple and was treated with much respect while we were visiting. The building is very old and the stained glass is magnificent. The church was in session while there and it was very...  more »
  • Doors are open for quite prayers, or admiring its beauty. Surrounded by stairs often used for a meeting place, full of visoitors from all over the world.  more »
  • We attended the 10:30 Mass and found the procession and the music beautiful. The church was relatively crowded and we enjoyed seeing the vast mix of cultures who attend the mass. There is a small gift...  more »
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  • Located right next to Hyde Park, this cathedral is a must see for people of faith and tourists alike. I like to walk through cathedrals wherever I am. The most impressive thing about St. Mary's is it's length. When you walk in, the distance to the altar seems really long. So long in fact that they have installed closed circuit TV with relatively discreet flat screen monitors so you can better see. When we visited, there was a small wedding going on but tourists and worshipers were still allowed to enter. There are not a lot of frescoes and the ceiling is all wood work but this is still a beautiful example of cathedral architecture. As always, whether you are a person of faith or not, be respectful of those who are there to pray or worship.
  • An iconic gothic piece of Sydney architecture that you can't leave town without visiting. Best time to visit is mid December at night, the lighting show is based on the 12 days of Christmas. Visit any time of the year if seeking a spiritual experience.
  • Beautiful Cathedral inside and out. Such quite atmosphere and amazing music. Very beautiful!
  • Love this cathedral! Beautifully constructed and solemn atmosphere. A peaceful place for prayers and reflection.
  • Beautiful cathedral, quiet even though there are a lot of people there taking photos and walking around. Love the Stain Glass Windows and High ceilings and the Big Organ. Beautiful/serene in one word.