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St. Paul's Cathedral

Address: Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9653 4333
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Ranked #20 of 175 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

St Pauls is right in the city near Flinders Street station - there's no cost to visit. It's a beautiful old building with many artefacts.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a truly stunning cathedral. Beautiful both inside and out. Sadly there is now a fee charged to use a camera inside the church - even just for personal use.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

If you admire old architecture, like I do, this church is definitely worth visiting. I have been there during my first visit to Melbourne, and I visited again second time around.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

What a beautiful structure. It is built in sandstone in the Gothic style of architecture. Stand across the road either in Swanston Street and Flinders Street and admire this superb structure. You can enter by both streets and the sight inside takes you back to Olde England. Stroll around and take in all aspects of the Cathedral and also the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Whenever I'm in Europe I visit a lot of cathedrals....St Paul's isn't quite as grand as some but it's a beauty...lovely gothic architecture and a gorgeous interior...a safe haven and a restful place to contemplate on a busy city day

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It was ok, but nothing outstanding. It is just a typical church. Worth a walk around if you are in the area and have five minutes to spare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Initially, you feel as if you are in an English cathedral. But wandering along the nave, the colonial Australian history emerges, and with the sunlight spilling through the stand glass, you could not be anywhere else but in Australia. Eucharist was at 12.15 on a Saturday and in a small congregation of Asian folk, the old white Australian priest served... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We walked in to see the size of this church and the stained glass windows and it was like stepping into a peaceful place far from the busy corner it is on. I am not religious but loved this building and its history. A beautiful place to escape with your thoughts or perhaps light a candle for someone in your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Definitely worth a look, an absolutely beautiful building. The inside is just as beautiful. Will fill in a half an hour of your time. Photos inside the Cathedral will cost you a $5 donation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have passed the Cathedral a thousand times and have wondered what it looked like inside but never taken the time to take a look. We booked a tour on the website and we met inside right on time. An extremely informative tour all for a gold coin donation and a further donation to take photos. Absolutely beautiful inside and... More 

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