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Address: Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9653 4333
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Description: St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated...
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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Beautiful Gothic Church in heart of Melbourne

What do you do in 100 degrees plus heat in Melbourne? Well you slowly walk around the heart of the city and go inside rto cool off. One stop along the way was the Cathedral... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I visited the church because i never been inside and i have lived here all my life. The church has that old European Church atmosphere that i remember once seeing when i toured Europe 40 Years Ago. I would like to see more light and atmosphere as you will now find in many of the restored churches in Europe which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

What do you do in 100 degrees plus heat in Melbourne? Well you slowly walk around the heart of the city and go inside rto cool off. One stop along the way was the Cathedral. It's a beautiful Anglican church built in the 1880's in the revival Gothic style. It takes up an entire square. Right across the street is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to the cathedral and spent the $5 to be allowed to take photos inside. It's a bit annoying to pay the $5 but felt my photos were worth the price. Otherwise, it is free to visit. I returned in the evening for the Evensong service which was very nice. This is a nice, quiet spot to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

By European standards, this is not the biggest nor the most impressive cathedral in the world. However, it is an important heritage landmark for the city of Melbourne and a beautiful cathedral, both inside and out! Located on one of the busiest corners of the CBD, step inside and you will instantly find a place of stillness, peace and reflection.... More 

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Its a very nice place to visit. Pleasant, peaceful and picturesque. If you love historical places, you will surely like to visit St. Paul's Cathedral :)

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The cathedral is beautiful inside and out, with stained glass windows and intricate carvings. Take a pamphlet and guide yourself around the cathedral when services aren’t being held. It’s $5 to take photographs of the church inside. I’m sure you can find photos online if you don’t want to pay.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

When in Melbourne CBD, I always call in to St Paul's Cathedral to light a candle or two for my loved ones and friends who have since passend or coping with illness etc.. It is a great way to reflect and get on with your everyday life!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Worshipped on Palm Sunday. Began with palm procession in public square (welcomed by bishop as I joined the crowd). Sermon by woman clergy. Full church although people on the street didn't seem to notice it was Sunday much less a festival day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

An impressive Cathedral in the centre of Melbourne, right across the station. As Australia has no "real" history this cathedral is as close as they come to some heritage from the old days. For European visitors: don't expect something huge; it's more of a very big church than a cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You know it always feels to me that this place is bigger on the inside than the outside. But whatever... Anyway St Pauls Cathedral is a very recognisable landmark of Melbourne poised as it is across from Federation Square and Flinders St Station. Even if you are not overly interested in this sort of monolithic architecture it is probably a... More 

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