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St Paul's Cathedral

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Address: | Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61396534333
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in...

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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Nice place to visit and to understand more on the cathedral. Please do not speak loudly when u r visiting this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice place to visit and to understand more on the cathedral. Please do not speak loudly when u r visiting this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we first entered the church we were greeted by a volunteer that gave us a very nice overview of the church. We found out the style is Gothic Transitional, and construction began in 1880.The church itself is made of sandstone. You have to walk around to see the imported marble floors and the great flooring laid out in patterned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have not been into a church since I was a little girl, but when the doors opened, we had to go check out this amazingly beautiful church. The stained glass was beautiful and the tile work on the floor was a nice finish.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A beautiful Neo-Gothic building in the center of the city. Highly accessible with guides - all for free. Its magnificent structure becomes more picturesque once inside. Once inside, the quietness of the space and calmness of the atmosphere is a solace and gentle pause from the noise and chaos of city life outside. Visit it - you will not be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its a good place to come in for inner peace, provided the throngs of photographers and visitors do not make noises.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

St Paul's is the cathedral church for the Anglican diocese of Melbourne. St Paul's is on the corner. of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, one of the city's prime locations. St Paul's is diagonally opposite Flinders Street Station, Melbourne's main suburban railway station. Visitors are welcome, Please remember that this is a place of worship.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A must to take a photo. The building and surrounding are breathe taking. We went touring the city with the city Tram. It was fun. And being able to experience the ANZAC day in real life. It was priceless.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit there and you will know how beautiful it is. It was worth visiting. A building with beautiful glass stained windows, stunning architecture and spiritual atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the stained glass windows and the beautiful architecture of the Cathedral! Do remember to get the Photo permit at AUD5 before you take any photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Choral Evensong was delightful in the beautiful cathedral and it was marvellous to hear the cadences and to soak up the spiritual atmosphere.

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