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“Beautiful timber-crafted heritage church” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old St Paul's

Old St Paul's
34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6144, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour
Ranked #6 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Concerts, Cultural
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Owner description: Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's famous Old St Paul's, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places. Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people. Gaze at Old St Paul's unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture. The site where Old St Paul's stands was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. For almost 100 years, Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. It remains a place of spiritual significance to many and also has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events.
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“Beautiful timber-crafted heritage church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Old St Pauls in Thorndon, in the central city, is well worth taking some time out to visit. The Anglican church was built in 1866 and is one of the best remaining examples of fully timber trussed and sarked buildings in New Zealand. The kauri sarking and matai/totara/rimu framing of the inside of the church positively glows. Combined with very pretty stained glass windows, flags, pennants and homages to its military and civilian history, it is well worth a visit - particularly if you are looking for a rainy day activity, or somewhere interdenominational to worship.

Visited December 2013
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“Wellington should be proud of this landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We're Americans. It's to Wellington's great credit that it acquired the cathedral to continue its historical testimony to its ministry to the Marines and other armed troops who came to NZ during WWII to recuperate but also to protect this land. And the guide who tells the stories of the cathedral's history is so heartfelt. He's obviously fully invested in this beloved landmark. A fine place to get the feel of the spirit of New Zealanders.

Visited November 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Such a well preserved building and so well maintained .The inside with the beautiful stained glass windows is truly magnificent. Well worth the visit for the beauty and ambience.

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“Wooden interior!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Upon stopping at this church we thought we would see a standard stone interior European cathedral. The interior was beautifully carved wood. A special unexpected surprise inside of this church.

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“Definitely go around Christmas time to set you in a festive mood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Beautiful cathedral and it was nice to see it decorated for Christmas. Spend a few minutes marveling at the architecture.

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