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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 #9 of 151 attractions in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Cairns Region, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

One of Brisbane's iconic churches with excellent sandstone work and spires. The stain glass is original Victorian. Open for weddings and very popular. It looks out of place surrounded by glass towers.

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The old St Stephen's chapel sits beside the Cathedral in Elizabeth Street. Is is well worth the visit especially to see the carved statue of St Mary MacKillop. This is a brilliant piece of artwork.

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Queensland
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

While on a Brisbane Greeter's tour yesterday we were shown this statue of Mary Mackillop, made from camphor Laurel by sculptor John Elliott. It was amazing! Just to sit and take in the detail in such a lovely quiet and spiritual area was something I had not expected. If you haven't already seen this, do yourself a favour. Even without... More

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