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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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  • I attended a free organ recital on a Tuesday and enjoyed this break from walking and sightseeing. It was also a lovely way to admire the Cathedral. While the interior isn't as impressive as other cath...  read more »
  • We made a short visit to this place of worship during a walking tour of Toronto. It replaced an earlier cathedral on the same site, which was destroyed by a great fire in the city. This cathedral was ...  read more »
  • One of the most photographed buildings in Toronto, located within Old Toronto neighbourhood this is a very old church. Beautiful park nextdoor with beautiful gardens, also a great place for pictures, ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Amazing spot on King street, large park, great spot for lunch. Restaurants surround the place.
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