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St. Paul's Cathedral

Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 9653 4333
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Ranked #23 of 204 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Owner description: St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in the centre of the City of Melbourne, Australia. It is a place of worship... more » Owner description: St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in the centre of the City of Melbourne, Australia. It is a place of worship and prayer.St Paul's is built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836. Soon afterwards a small wooden chapel was built elsewhere, and the area became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the building of the bluestone St Paul’s Parish Church. Consecrated in 1852, this Church was used until 1885, when it was demolished to make way for the present Cathedral. The decision to build on the site of the existing church was made because of its proximity to the railway and soon to be completed cable tramway service.The Swanston Street and Flinders Street corner remains one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections today, ensuring the Cathedral is a place at the heart of city life. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Awesome and iam not really religious - I love "old" and yes i don't mind the new but i love "OLD" buildings and churches, they make for great photography

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is an old historical church located at the corner of flinders and swanston street. The doors are open throughout the day for visitors and regular worshipers. Very beautiful decorations, architecture and displays within and outside the church. Good place to revitalise spiritually after a long day in the city. A popular place for tourist to take photos within and... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Just from the outside, the building and architecture is amazing. You could spot it from far and it's so beautiful, right I'm the middle of the central business district. A should go.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I felt i had to visit...as a comparison with our own St Pauls in London..that both buildings are quite iconic to there own cities...this was a pleasure to walk around...the staff members i met were also very friendly....glad i took the time to visit this Cathedral...

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What a beautiful and peaceful place for reflection. If you're a history buff or just apprecaite fine buildings, then you must stop in here; the craftmanship that has gone into creating this Cathedral is obvious and its place in the Melbourne community understated. Take time to read some of the dedication plaques around the walls and walk right up to... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

opposite to Federation square at least balancing out that hideousness whoever put that ugly monstrosity there ruining the harmony of the railway station building completely-one just wonders...

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's so beautiful !!! Looks even better inside. Really unexpected. Petty can't take photos though. Will go again.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This 1880s sandstone Anglican cathedral is in the heart of Melbourne opposite Federation Square and the Flinders St Station. It is in my view more tasteful than both! It is light and airy with very delicate stained glass and a superb tiled floor. Take the time to read the plaques on the walls as they give you a sense of... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you would like a moment of solace, drop by the cathedral and just admire the amazing architecture. We had the opportunity to witness an all-schoolgirls choir, and it was lovely.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This 1880's sandstone Anglican cathedral is prominently sited in central Melbourne diagonally opposite Flinders Street Railway Station and opposite Federation Square. Although outwardly impressive, internally it is rather plain and does not have the beauty of many other gothic cathedrals throughout the world thus I would not want to pay the $5 charge for taking photos. The cathedral has a... More

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