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“The quick glimpse of the St Paul's Cathedral.” 5 of 5 stars
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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 160 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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“The quick glimpse of the St Paul's Cathedral.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

I really wanted to see more of St Paul's cathedral because I had met one of the organists in an age care home where I'd worked. It looked beautiful inside, just as cathedrals do....well the only other cathedral I've been to is St Peters cathedral in Adelaide but St Paul's felt spiritual...not to say that St Peters doesn't. ..it's just that I didn't have much time, I had a couple of other places on the agenda to see...like the Gold bullion museum?..By the time I came back the cathedral was closed!!!

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“Pub, church, art or a train? All at one intersection....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

St Paul's Anglican Cathedral and St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral are both very beautiful. St Paul's is diagonally opposite the rush of Flinders Street station. On another corner is Young& Jackson's pub, which houses the famous nude painting of Chloe. And on the fourth corner is Federation Square which houses the National Gallery of Victoria's Australian collection- fantastic art, including indigenous work.
St Paul's has the vast space and the serenity you'd expect in a cathedral and the world suddenly recedes as you enter the doors. If you're lucky, the organist or bellringers will be practising. http://www.stpaulscathedral.org.au/
St Patrick's is on the edge of the city and East Melbourne, close to Fitzroy Gardens. St Pat's is known for the beautiful golden light that streams in and for superb acoustics for music and singing. http://www.stpatrickscathedral.org.au
Like most Aussies, I'm not religious. I just love these tranquil, historical places of spiritual renewal!

Visited December 2011
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“Brilliant, one of the shining lights of Melbourne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

A relic of Old Melbourne before it became a modern style city. Similar to St Paul's in London.

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“Ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Not the most spectacular cathedral but is probably the best cathedral to visit in Melbourne.

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“What craftsmanship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

feel the atmosphere inside, cool in the summer, warm in the winter. Listen to the choir. Peace and quiet! pay your respects!

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