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Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel)

249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
+61 (0)7 3224 3111
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Ranked #12 of 156 Attractions in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A handsome and elegant church right in the heart of the city, walking distance from hotels and other attractions in Brisbane. Tastefully decorated, a place of peace and serenity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

At the main Cathedral the amazing architecture of the time with it's beautiful works of art in the stained glass pictures tell an eternal story. Beside is the original Chapel. it is peaceful and tells a story of life in early Brisbane for the faithful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This cathedral was so pretty and peaceful and even had a guided tour if you would like one. Everyone was so respectful and they even have a cute little bookshop next door if you would like to get anything as a remembrance!

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Cairns Region, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

In the city, this beautiful old chapel is a haven to rest the weary mind and to reflect and pray.'You do not have to be religious to appreciate this little gem

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Brisbane, Australia
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305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This little sandstone chapel right next to the larger St. Stephen's Church in Elizabeth Street is stunning, built around 1850, it is the oldest church in Queensland. It has been restored and was a delight to visit. Small in size, the interior is intimate with an unusual altar and a beautiful stained glass window depicting the life of St Stephen.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a wonderful old building next to the cathedral. For many many years it was left to gradually "slip away" until St Stephen's was hugely renovated. and beautifully done. The work extended to the grounds, and the chapel. Within is a breathtaking art work, dedicated to Mary McKillop. The history and dignity of this place will bring a calmness... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This cathedral is a beautiful old building however adjacent to the cathedral is a real treasure. The small chapel houses the most beautiful sculpture of St Mary Mackillop. Sculpted from camphor laurel the aroma hits you as soon as you enter. At the rear of the chapel the beauty of the sculpture takes your breath away.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

marvellous monument of sandstone. beautiful stain glass paintings. helpful volunteer. prayer time. in silence amidst the hustle bustle of brisbane. radha aiyar. mumbai, india.

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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The smell of camphor laurel that hits visitors on entry is a uniquely Queensland aroma. The sculpture of Saint Mary MacKillop carved from a camphor laurel log is original, powerful and inspiring.

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Brisbane, Australia
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20 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Whilst in hospital last year a lovely night nurse directed my attention to the 100+ year old tree outside my window. I was intrigued to know more and ended up writing an essay on the story of the Sisters of Mercy - visionaries of the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. When James Quinn, a Director and friend of the Sisters of... More

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