Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland Central

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Holy Trinity Cathedral is situated in Parnell, a residential suburb of Auckland, New Zealand.HistoryThe first Anglican place of worship in Auckland was Old St Paul's, at the bottom of Princes Street, but Parnell residents tired of walking about 3km over paddocks to reach their church. The first church serving the district was dedicated to St Barnabas. Completed in 1849 it was situated near the bottom of Parnell on land which was later demolished and used for reclamation work. This small church of St Barnabas slowly fell into disuse following completion of Old St Mary's church in 1860, and was eventually shifted to Mount Eden, where it still forms part of the Parish Church. With the building of the original St Mary's Church, Bishop Selwyn established the Parish of St Mary.Old St Mary's stood near the site of the present cathedral, but proved to be too small, badly ventilated and uncomfortable. The establishment of New Zealand's dioceses, and Auckland's fast growing population, meant that a larger church was required. Old St Mary's Church was demolished and in 1886 work started on land opposite to build a new Cathedral Church of St Mary. This wooden Gothic Revival church was designed by the prominent New Zealand architect Benjamin Mountfort and completed in 1897. The building served as the Cathedral Church and principal Anglican church of Auckland until 1973 when the Chancel of Holy Trinity Cathedral, for which the foundation stone was laid in 1957, came into use. In 1982, St Mary's Church was moved across Parnell Road to its present site beside the Cathedral.
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  • September 30, 2017
    There are actually three different chapels here so see them all as they are all quite different. The big cathedral is beautiful and the acoustics are said to be amazing. There is a new, all glass chap...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    PARNELL street corner, very special styling. Design is great! Especially at night, feel is sacred, layout and lighting are particularly beautiful. Hope to be able to go in and have a look. This time it was too late ...
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  • September 4, 2017
    Was one of the first places I visited in Auckland. I was with a friend of mine, looking for the Auckland Museum, and we came across this beautiful architectural work. We go in, and I was going on a mass. People from the community came to our meeting, we delivered a Bible to each, showed us the page where you were, and did the same for the book of canticles. Had not felt so welcome in a temple.
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  • April 13, 2017
    A beautiful cathedral that is nearing completion and consecration in 2017. If you love choral music, the evensong service at 5pm on a Sunday is beautiful. Holy Trinity is a real Auckland treasure.
  • July 30, 2017
    Great place for Mainly Music, Monday mornings at 9:30
  • June 7, 2017
    Beautiful, magnificent church with welcomingstaff.
  • March 24, 2017
    This church is awesome, design, interior and everything, 😀 Jesus christ
  • July 19, 2017
    Beautiful church!

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