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St. Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin

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St Paul's Cathedral is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Dunedin in New Zealand and the seat of the Bishop of Dunedin.LocationThe Cathedral Church of St Paul occupies a site in the heart of The Octagon near the Dunedin Town Hall and hence Dunedin. The land for St Paul's Church was given by the sealer and whaler Johnny Jones of Waikouaiti.HistoryThe first parish church of St Paul was built on the site from 1862 to 1863. It was made of Caversham stone and could accommodate up to 500 people. It was not, however, well constructed. The stone weathered badly and the tall spire was removed after just a few years. The man consecrated to be the first Bishop of Dunedin, but never enthroned, Bishop Henry Jenner, visited the diocese in 1869. He officiated at St Paul’s and gave a lecture on church music illustrated by the St Paul’s choir. He is remembered as the composer of the hymn tune "Quam dilecta".In 1871 Samuel Tarratt Nevill was elected as Bishop of Dunedin. Initially he made no mention of the need for a cathedral for the diocese and it was not until the 1876 synod that he broached the subject. The issue was avoided by forming a commission to investigate the whole matter. The commission later recommended that St Paul’s should become the mother church. However, Nevill favoured St. Matthew's Church, Dunedin, and the impasse remained. In the early 1880s the question was revisited and again no resolution was reached. However, in 1894, 18 years after the issue was first raised, all sides agreed to the proposal for St Paul’s to become the cathedral. The cathedral chapter was formed and took up the responsibility for running the cathedral from 1895. Thomas Whitelock Kempthorne of Kempthorne Prosser Ltd was a generous supporter of the cathedral and a memorial stands inside.
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  • Wow! Amazing architecture, and we were lucky to be able to witness some local musicians playing in the cathedral. The acoustics are amazing. Very spiritual, loved the peacefulness and serenity if this...  read more »
  • Amazing architecture. Building started from the mid to late 1800's. Located in the middle of Dunedin City. The cathedral is a really beautiful part of the history of Dunedin. Well worth the visit for ...  read more »
  • 就在市中心Octagon廣場和市政廳旁,一定不會錯過,也是但尼丁的地標。像這樣的教堂,但尼丁很多,但是和市政廳擺在一起,給人家的感覺就是不一樣。內部我沒有進去看,因為教堂裡面長得其實都一樣。 
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