St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

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Church · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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A major landmark, St Paul's Cathedral is located near the new public heart of the city, the Federation Square. Built in the revival of the style known as Gothic Transitional, the cathedral was designed by the distinguished architect William Butterfield, who was known for his work on churches. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 on the spot where the first public Christian service was held several decades before. Unusual among the city's notable 19th century buildings, this cathedral was not made from bluestone, the dominant building material in the region. Instead, it was constructed from sandstone, which gives it an unusual yellow-brown coloring. Stop by this historic place of worship to attend one of many daily masses and hear its well-known choir. Use our Melbourne trip maker app to arrange your visit to St Paul's Cathedral and other attractions in Melbourne.
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  • Great building but never had the urge to go inside. They were advertising a 12 meter globe of the world as seen from the moon, great attraction, but looking around the Cathedral and reading some of... 
    Great building but never had the urge to go inside. They were advertising a 12 meter globe of the world as seen from the moon, great attraction, but looking around the Cathedral and reading some of...  more »
  • My wife and I visited this Cathedral after visiting an Exhibition at ACMI across the road. We are not religious and visited this place to admire the Grand Architecture and stained glass at the front.....  more
    My wife and I visited this Cathedral after visiting an Exhibition at ACMI across the road. We are not religious and visited this place to admire the Grand Architecture and stained glass at the front.....  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to worship. I enjoy the architecture and the peace it brings. The spinning globe on display for a limited time brought modern to the classic scene was an interesting fusion. As I wrote this review, I sense God is saying the earth is my foot stool, as I recall watching it spin.
  • Stunning!!! However people are rude, my partner and I were taking a moment and appreciating the beautiful artwork and structural design in the section at the back of the church that says “please be quiet and don’t take photos” when an Asian lady proceeded to sit on my girlfriend after backing into her and almost knocking her over to get a better angle for her photo. Being able to light a candle was a beautiful touch as well. Overall church is beautiful.

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