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Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel)

Address: 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 (0)7 3224 3111
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Ranked #7 of 131 Attractions in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Enjoy the peace of the small original Catholic church in the same grounds of the present-day Cathedral. Wonder att he larger-than-life statue of St Mary Mackillop, founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. Whether you are a Catholic or not, do visit the Cathedral next door. Unlike most Catholic churches, the interior is simple and lacks most of the usual... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Every city needs a Church/Cathedral for people to go in and sit and pray, reflect, catch your breathe, sit quietly, somewhere to be at peace and this is Brisbane's place. The Church is beautiful and if you have a chance to hear a singing Mass then it is even more uplifting.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The church with a crane behind it and photographed across a square is not the "Catholic Old St. Stephen's Church (chapel)" as captioned, but St. John's Anglican Cathedral located at 373 Ann Street, Brisbane. The church was designed by English architect John Loughborough Pearson Pearson and some changes were made in the design by his son Frank Loughborough Pearson. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

It is situated in the city and you can go in the side entrance to sit in the peaceful church. Services are the weekends.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The carved statue of Mary MacKillop in the chapel is amazing and the little statue of Mary in the main cathedral is so - what she would've looked like!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My mum went to school in the 1940s here and I always visit this church when I come to Brisbane. It is beautiful, well-maintained and full of interesting features, both new and old. Well worth the visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

It's rare to find something so beautiful and old in Brisbane, but St Stephen's is really a throwback to classic architecture. I just love the atmosphere inside the amazing gothic structure, in a wonderful location

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Lovely to see the dedication to keeping this beautiful building and the surrounding areas so immaculately. Wonderful to take part in the masses and ceremonies here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

A wonderful smell of old cedar timber is the first thing you notice when you enter this tiny chapel. :do walk around to the statue at the back of the alter which depicts Mary MacKillop - now Australia's first saint - carved from wood. A wonderful sculpture

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This historic chapel is home to the most beautiful statue dedicated to Mary MacKillop I have ever seen. Hidden behind the camphor laurel slabs it could be easily missed but make certain you go up front and behind the slabs to experience this sculpture.

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