St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Known internationally as a leading example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, St. Patrick's Cathedral has the distinction of being both the tallest and the largest church building in Australia. The foundation stone was laid in 1858, but the cathedral wasn't finally completed until 1939. The 19th century Catholic community of Melbourne was almost entirely Irish, so the cathedral was dedicated to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Attend Sunday mass for a chance to hear the renowned Saint Patrick's Choir, founded in 1939 when the Vienna Boys Choir found itself stranded in Australia at the outbreak of war. You can also drop by during the week to take photographs and learn about the city's heritage. Work out when and for how long to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and other Melbourne attractions using our handy Melbourne travel planner.
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  • I had a self solo tour as guided tour is not available. This place looks good from outside but inside, not very appealing. 
    I had a self solo tour as guided tour is not available. This place looks good from outside but inside, not very appealing.  more »
  • Stop in to pray, celebrate the Eucharist, and have a walking self guided tour. This is a beautiful cathedral with lots of information posted in English. The small gift shop provides ways to support....  more
    Stop in to pray, celebrate the Eucharist, and have a walking self guided tour. This is a beautiful cathedral with lots of information posted in English. The small gift shop provides ways to support....  more »
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  • Just beautiful. Spent quite a long time at each alcove - all so different and ornate with homage to different Saints. There is space to sit across from each one. There is also information plaques for each. The stained glass windows, walls, floor tiles, statues, and altars and all their intricacies are amazing.
  • How do you assess God's house? I have been in so many both here and abroad. Some small. Some large. Some ornate. Some simple. St Pat's is when you boil it down, a simple expression of Irish Catholic grandeur. There is no real finesse. A small organ in a peculiar position so the sound is muted. No great pulpit. Mannix is buried there. That says it all. It's a monument to him rather than to God. The complete lack of spiritualism that is so apparent in other churches is what struck me most.

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