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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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  • Our very own historic cathedral that dominates the skyline next to Hyde Park and the Domain area. Try to do the historical guide tour that explains how it came to be built and the stories in the stain...  more »
  • We stopped in to have a look at this cathedral, not expecting much. In my research, it seemed to be not very highly-touted. And it was built only in the 2nd half of the 19th century, albeit in the Got...  more »
  • doing a walk in Sydney you can see the Cathedral of Saint Mary to get there through a square where there is a lot of life Sunday
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  • An amazing cathedral. In the midst of all my illness, recovery from stage 4 cancer surgery/radiation and fibromyalgia I came to this cathedral. I was wanting to learn how to pray the rosary, and funny enough I found a how to pray the rosary card in the small shop there. It only cost $1. After starting to pray the rosary daily, well my life has completely changed. A short while afterwards I was travelling to a GP to get more pain meds. But I missed the bus and needed to hail a taxi. The taxi driver was a muslim, and we started talking religion. He told me that I had to visit this church in North Sydney. He told me I had to go to this church, sit in there and just feel this peaceful feeling in there. He said this church is the resting place of Australia's first saint. It is called the Mary MacKillop church he said. I was completely taken back that a muslim would tell me to go to a church and not a mosque, but there you go. God works in mysterious ways. And so mum and I went to the church. He was right, as I sat next to the crypt of St Mary of the Cross, I felt this beautiful peaceful feeling come down on me from above. It came through my whole body and it felt quite incredible. The next morning I woke up and felt no more pain. Not only that, I didn't even feel like I had to take any more pain killers. And so I stopped taking them and didn't even get the slightest withdrawal from a 500mg/day opiate which is unheard of. As my doctors told me, "Eddy there is no medical explanation for what happened to you". In the following 9 days, I lost 12 kg. And so to this day, no more pain, no more drugs and I found God's love for us all. I now go to mass/confession regularly, pray the rosary daily and also read the bible every day. My life has completely turned around. So much more peaceful, so much more enjoyable. And this is from someone who didn't go to confession for some 20 years and only occasionally went to mass! I come back to this cathedral whenever I'm in the city, and you will find me in a quiet corner praying the rosary. For a tip, at the small shop you can pay $5 (or free on Sunday's) and go underneath the church in the crypt. Check out the floor there and read about how these two men made it. It's truly one of the best hidden wonders in Sydney. God bless you all who visit this remarkable cathedral. Oh, and remember to donate something small to the vinnies. They do a great job helping people in time of need.
  • Very scenic view. Took some pictures here that turned out really nice. The pool reflection with the cathedral in the background is beautiful. There's a city ride bus that will drop you off and pick you up here. Pretty convenient.
  • One of the most wonderful places in Sydney. I'm of the biggest cathedral in Australia. Very old with genuine interior. Must seen
  • Beautiful piece of architecture. Great place to sit and absorb the amazing presence of our saviour!!
  • What a place and what a laser light and sound show. Very few places where you get to see such show