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St. Paul's Cathedral

Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 9653 4333
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Ranked #25 of 211 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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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

St Paul's is the Anglican Cathedral for the archdiocese of Melbourne. The Anglican Church is known as the Episcopalian Church in America. The Cathedral dates from colonial times and holds on of the city's prime sites, diagonally opposite (kitty corner) Flinders St Railway Station. St Paul's has the usually things one expects of a cathedral, including a choir and daily... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

First thing I see when I step out of the train station. Didn't went in but base on the exterior I guess the interior should be just as nice

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

A beautiful piece of architecture at the heart of Melbourne - magnificent Gothic style but so different to the Federation Square that faces it over the road.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Visited on a very busy day just before the Grand Final. The decorative glass windows are gorgeous and it is large in size. The volunteer assisting us was quite rude and short, but I am guessing he was so busy and was under pressure. The building is nothing special IMO but worth a visit if you like churches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I have been here numerous times for my son's school services and choir recitals. I love the building which is stunning in the Gothic tradition, with glorious stained glass and stone pillars, and magnificent carved choir risers, and altar. Also love the soaring eagle pulpit which suits the grand feel of the soaring nave, etc.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Came across the church by accident but very happy we did- it was simply beautiful inside. We enjoyed some peace during our hectic (but fun) holiday. Shame you can't take photos inside but understandable. The architecture is just fascinating. Would recommend to all to visit.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Cathedral like this, or station like Flinders, help to give to Melbourne his appeal. Walked by hundreds time, but my eyes still go to it.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This was one of the things we looked at before heading back to Sydney and so glad we did it is magnificent we have not been in a church like this before, I asked if I could take photos and the nice ladies on the front said I would have to buy a $5 license they don't like to ask... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Beautiful architecture right in the centre of melbourne, we were lucky enough to see 2 beautful weddings on the saturday of our stay, it was a busy, bustling day filled with beautiful brides, pretty bridesmaids,and exotic wedding cars. Such an awe inspiring building, a very special part of our history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Not one to frequent churches, I decided to have a look at this one. The beauty of it blew me away. It is so beautiful. Many people were looking at it. Photos are allowable if you pay for a permission slip which is $5. There are guided 10 minute tours. I understand it costs $3000 per day for maintenance. Take... More

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