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St. Paul's Cathedral

Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 9653 4333
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Ranked #22 of 203 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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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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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

St Paul's is the main Anglican church in Melbourne. It towers majestically over the busy intersection of Flinders St and Swanston St. Make the effort to have a look inside. The double doors through which you enter look like nothing from the outside. Once inside, turn around and you will see a fantastic piece of stained glass. The interior is... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you would like to find some moments of peace and quiet and perhaps some soul-searching, this is the place. Right in the centre of town, there is the church choir which you could sit and listen to around 5:00pm, unsure which days, but we enjoyed it, lasting around 45 minutes. Gets you away from the hustle and bustle of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

If you take picture they will charge you $5. So it is just a place to enter and admiring (and pray, if you're religious)

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