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St. James Church

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Address: 173 King St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Lovely church in the city

We were the only visitors when we stepped inside this interesting church. It is much smaller than St. Mary's nearby but it has it's own personal character. I liked the variety... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2017
Diane K
Chicago, Illinois
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How could we have lived in Sydney for 15 years and not discovered this beautiful old church? It is many years since we lived in Sydney, but the church has been there since 1824 so we have no excuse! We sat in for a Sunday morning service and admired the interior and ambience of such a wonderful part of Sydney’s... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 3, 2017

St James will be of specific interest to the Aussie History Buff or Architect, but has interest for the non specialist as well. Francis Greenway, transported for minor crimes, was Australia's first Architect. Needed for his technical expertise, he never really spent anytime in prison. The Architect will appreciate that Greenway was probably a better Builder/Project Manager than an a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

We were the only visitors when we stepped inside this interesting church. It is much smaller than St. Mary's nearby but it has it's own personal character. I liked the variety of both modern and traditional stained glass windows.

Thank Diane K
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 3, 2017

Throughout our entire trip this time round in Sydney and Canberra, we have visited many churches, such as the St Andrew Cathedral, Christ Church St Laurence, St Benedict's Church and Ebenezer Church (please refer to my earlier reviews of these places here as well) etc, just to name a few where most of them were Gothic-styled of architectural themed. However,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

I visited St James church before SydneyOpen and on the day this year. I had a iced coffee at the caffe in the coat yard. It's They select seasonal beans and it's tasty. They have a baguette sandwiches and muffins. I joined a tour which take us to the bell tower. There are some big bells at the which came... More 

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Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

This place was just full of life - so one felt light hearted coming here. They seemed to have a lot going around with people drinking coffee and a small garden. It seemed that they have Lunchtime music available at 1-145 pm but unfortunately I just missed it.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

We visited as part of Sydney Open. This is an important Greenway building -though not a typical Georgin church as we might expect in the UK. Good to see the various community activities in action in the crypt

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Choral Evensong is always a refreshing way to end the working day. The music at St. James is always worth hearing and this evening the Choir from a Boys' Preparatory Grammar School were singing accompanied by an a complished visiting organist. Parents, friends and the regular worshippers were able to worship with the accompniment of beautiful young voices. It was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 26, 2016

A very well maintained building with a large number of historic plaques inside identifying many of the settlers and influential families in Sydney's early years plus some later day prominent politicians. Not as large and spectacular or ornate as nearby St Mary's Cathedral. This is one to suit Australian history buffs rather than snap happy tourists.

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 12, 2016

Next to the Courts in the heart of the CBD is this pretty church that is nice to pop in and learn a little about the times and people that we around before the Sydney of today was created. Lots of of things to read here and a beautiful building too.

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