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Saint Mary's Cathedral, Yangon (Rangoon)

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A towering red brick facade composed of two elegant spires and a central bell tower Saint Mary's Cathedral stands out as one of the largest cathedrals in Myanmar. Constructed over a 15-year period from 1895 to its consecration in 1910, the Catholic cathedral was designed by Dutch architect Joseph Cuypers. Enter past delicately painted statues to the ornately tiled interior of arches and stained glass, with the exterior surrounded by well-kept lawns dotted with leafy palms. Daily mass is conducted in English, as is the Sunday morning service. Plan your Saint Mary's Cathedral visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yangon (Rangoon) using our Yangon (Rangoon) itinerary maker.
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  • This is a very beautiful large church I visited after riding the circular train. The rose window is amazing as is the architecture. It's a quick visit and a quick photo opportunity. I would definitely...  more »
  • Myanmar is not the richest place of churches but this impressed me with the grandeur. Inside is fully lined with bricks and is perfectly preserved. It is definitely the main attraction but worth a visit during a tour of the city. Unfortunately you cannot take pictures inside.
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  • Beautiful building d architecture Gothic Neo e' red brick. Great framing wood and beautiful stained glass a chapel dedicated to the 18th army with the crests of regiments.
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  • Stained glasses nice. Considered quite a big structure around this area. But nothing really impressive.
  • This not a Catholic Church it's a Disney pastish of one. If you are Catholic do not come here. I came here Christmas Day and had to fight my way through locals who use the interior to take selfies in very questionable posses. I felt ashamed of being a Catholic coming to this awful place devoid of god. Blow up Father Christmas a German pagan symbol not part of Catholicism, yet no crib, no nativity the very thing we celebrate at Christmas. The gaudy decorations make fun of Christianity. In religious sites across Burma non Buddhist there are signs to tell us to remember they are places of worship and be respectful. Not here it's treated appallingly by the locals. Not one single place to pray. I felt unwelcome here. What would father Janzen make of this tribute to pagan nonsense. I will make a complaint to the dioceses about this shocking aberration. SHAMEFUL UN GODLY
  • A very beautiful church, it is worth to visit here in yangon. In additional to visiting pagoda church site seeing is also a good choice in Yangon. The towers were under renovation during my visit, but that didnt stop the charm of the church.
  • A very beautiful church, close to Saint Paul High School, to visit while you are at Botahtaung..
  • Clean restrooms outside the church if you need a restroom break. Also a nice way to break up a day of sightseeing pagodas & temples.

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