St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

St. Mary's Cathedral
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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The area
Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • St James • 3 min walk
  • Martin Place • 5 min walk
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2,050 reviews
Very good

United Kingdom6,324 contributions
Nov 2021
This is the site of the very first Catholic Church in Australia. It is a grand building in the Gothic Revival style and would not look out of place in Europe.
Its most dramatic features are the soaring spires, the twin towers flanking a rose window and the gargoyles high up on the towers and turrets.
Constructed of local sandstone, by William Wardell, it was built in 2 stages, starting in 1866 with the northern section.
Stage 2 was completed between 1912 and 1928. Wardell is also well known as the architect of both Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral and the St John’s College, Sydney University.
* Entry to the Cathedral is free or by donation.
* Free guided tours are offered on Sundays after the 10:30 mass. Meet at the pews next to the organ, inside the College Street doors.
* St Mary’s is an active church so you cannot wander around freely or take photos during masses.
* For tourists, there is a lot to see packed into the area surrounding the cathedral. Across the road is Hyde Park and you are within a few minutes walk of the Art Gallery, the State Library, Hyde Park Barracks, the Domain and the Australian Museum. You can see a lot in a short time here.
Written April 11, 2022
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Manish K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3,968 contributions
Dec 2019
The St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney is hard to miss. It's located right next to Hyde Park and the Archibald Fountain, with the Hyde Park Barracks, the Australian Museum and numerous other attractions close by. That said, the cathedral by itself dominates the surroundings, with its Gothic architecture and its twin spires the highlight.

When we visited, it was evening and there were relatively few worshipers and visitors. The cathedral, from inside, was equally quiet and impressive. The stained glass windows were a particular highlight. The lighting was dim but sufficient and the place radiated spirituality and peace. It's a good place to visit; one can spend 30-45 minutes here; longer if one wishes to pray.
Written May 15, 2020
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Uday Kumar H
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,863 contributions
Dec 2019

I reached Sidney with my wife on 24th December 2019 late evening. Thomas Cook booked room in Holiday Inn Darling Harbour.
Next day on the auspicious Christmas day. I discussed the Thomas Cook Tour Manager for the direction to reach the St Mary’s Cathedral Church.
The Cathedral is located in Sydney CBD (Central Business District) and just opposite the iconic Hyde Park.
The Cathedral is a welcoming destination for church goers. This Cathedral also attracts thousands of tourists to the church zone.
It is a source of inspiration and the spiritual home of Sydney’s Catholic community.
I am not a Christian. But from the time of entering the church I started feeling a sensation and consciousness. We stayed for more than an hour and left the holy place with peace in mind
I am posting few photos.

Written January 16, 2020
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Doreen G
London, UK45 contributions
Dec 2019
In Sydney during Christmas and the New Year a friend and I attended the Christmas Day Service. Arriving about a quarter of an hour before the commencement, left any later we would have been standees. The cathedral was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the light reflecting on the stained glass windows enhanced the overall scene. Everyone was in full voice during the carol singing. We found the visit magically uplifting. .
Written February 6, 2020
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John Everett
9 contributions
Mar 2020
Went to Mass on the Third Sunday of Lent. The bishop had the 10:30 mass along with 10 other clergy. Latin, singing, chants. Grand Building enhanced it all. Stained glass windows reminded us of St. Sulpice in Paris. Easy to get to. Near the downtown shops if you walk a bit. And we like to walk.
Written April 24, 2020
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ray raposo
Miami, FL1,362 contributions
Dec 2019
If you're visiting Sydney, make this one of your stops if you're at all interested in stunning churches. Beautiful inside and out. There are two statues of a Cardinal and a Bishop on either side of the stairway that leads to the front entry. The exterior facade features two tall spired towers and a large round stained glass window above the arched entryway. Inside features a tall vaulted central nave with large stained glass windows throughout and a large organ. There's a smaller chapel lower inside. We were treated to a Boy's Choir practicing for a Christmas performance with the organist and it was magical. The decorated Christmas tree inside added to the lovely time.
Written January 2, 2020
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Brisbane, Australia2,721 contributions
Dec 2019
Walking across the pavement in front of the large Cathedral, we passed the nativity scene and a nice Xmas Tree. Inside the building was amazing, with the huge and high interior, noting different ceilings and ornate details. It was the last cathedral built on this site which is the oldest continuous Catholic worship site in Australia. The first cathedral burnt down and this one was built and added onto between1868 to 1928.It is the largest ecclesiastical building in English Gothic style in the world. It also has the heaviest peal of 14 bells hung for change ringing in Australia. Well worth the visit and to sight its beauty.
Written January 10, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia38,948 contributions
Oct 2020
St. Mary's Cathedral is a beautiful church. Built in the tradition of the great cathedrals of Europe, it dominates its surroundings. It is next to the Hyde Park Barracks, opposite the lovely Hyde Park and it is within a short walking distance of other sights like the Art Gallery of NSW, the State Library and the NSW Parliament. It is certainly worth a stop if you are in the vicinity.
Written October 20, 2020
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Retno Sujono
634 contributions
Feb 2020
So lucky to get chance to visit this church. The building even look stunning when you see it from the fountain in the middle of Hyde Park (exactly in front side). It was Ash Wednesday when I got there... Will definitely come and visit again!
Written March 13, 2020
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Sydney, Australia139 contributions
Feb 2020
This is actually my local parish. I have always loved this cathedral as its located next to hyde park, a very short walk to both St. James & Museum station, and close walk to Sydneys Westfield, the harbour, and the botanical gardens & domain. Inside is lovely & has a really nice gift shop too. The stain glass windows are my favourite part of this cathedral. Its also very popular for weddings and you can get amazing wedding photos here. Holds mass regularly including the full Latin mass, also had midnight christmas mass!
Written February 23, 2020
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