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St James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto

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Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the home of the oldest congregation in the city. The parish was established in 1797. The Cathedral, with construction beginning in 1850 and opening for services on 19 June 1853, was one of the largest buildings in the city at the time. It was designed by Frederick William Cumberland and is a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture.The church is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and is the episcopal seat of the Anglican Church of Canada's Diocese of Toronto.Royal St. George's College, on Howland Avenue, is the church's choir school and is open to boys in grades 3 through 12.HistoryThe Anglican parish of St. James was established in 1797. In 1807, the first "church of York” was built in Toronto out of wood. As a young structure, it was used in 1813, during the War of 1812 as a hospital. It was robbed and damaged by the American troops. Shortly after, in 1818, the church was enlarged and a bell tower addition was completed. This bell was used as a fire bell for the town of York. In 1833, the wooden structure was taken down and replaced by a stone structure in the Neoclassical style. In January 1839, the church burned down and was reconstructed. Upon reopening in December 1839, the church became a Cathedral. St. James Cemetery, the parish cemetery, was moved in the 1840s to St. James-the-Less at Parliament and Bloor, although there are still unmarked graves under the modern parking lot.
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  • One of the oldest churches in Toronto. Right in the heart of Toronto. They recently renovated. Can't miss it. Close to St lawrence. A great part of a city walk.  more »
  • Right next to St James Park and walking distant from St Lawrence market (and the Flatiron building). If you are doing the Toronto Parks Trail walking tour you won't miss this place...  more »
  • This historic place of worship grabs you with its majestic historical building, wonderful musical presence and friendly welcome. Always enjoyed celebrating my faith with our Anglican cousins . So will...  more »
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  • One of the many Gothic style churches in the city. And a very nice one at that.
  • Magnificent architecture with amazing details, rich history and full of stories! Beautiful stained glass! The Queen was here for mass during her visit! Used to walk by the church every week! One of the churches I would remember forever and enjoy telling people about.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral with an expansive park to the side with a gaze, fountain and quiet areas. Summer concerts, movie nights and yoga are held in the park during the summer.
  • I usually stop by the Cathedral Church of St. James to take photographs of the beautiful architecture when I visit St. James Park which is right next door. There are a few places that I recommend taking photo's, and one is on the west side of the church where there is a cement spire. - A Richard Trus review