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St Paul's Cathedral

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Address: | Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61396534333
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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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Majestic and peaceful city retreat

Have visited the cathedral many times over the years. Such an interesting place to explore and peaceful space for prayerful reflection amidst the noisiness of the city. There are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Have visited the cathedral many times over the years. Such an interesting place to explore and peaceful space for prayerful reflection amidst the noisiness of the city. There are week time and Sunday services and a small gift shop at the rear with some interesting items on offer. Be prepared that it's always cool- even on a hot summer day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

St Paul's Cathedral is astounding beautiful. She carries herself like a grand old dame in the bustling CBD of Melbourne: proud, elegant and with a touch of class. Visitors who wish to take photos are to obtain a permit from the Cathedral Shop near the entrance. $5 per family, regardless of how many cameras you have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cool to be able to see inside this beautiful place was very relaxing and easy to walk around.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Either for ameal, or coffee or even just passing through this place is aliv with activity. Outdoor heaters at every table. Great for people watching.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St Paul's is Melbourne's main cathedral. It is located along Flinders Street just opposite Flinders Street station which itself is a Melbourne landmark. The cathedral, built in 1885 has spires at both ends of the building. The spires were built many years after the consecration of the cathedral. The building is a brown sandstone structure.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful old cathedral obvious of the gold money era in a prime position and an active cathedral. Inside the usual theology of spaciousness and greatness of God rings through and as of all of this style of Anglican churches represents an upside-down ship. The atmosphere is inviting and it has an atmosphere of grace with a lingering spirituality. great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Regardless which religion you believe or if you are atheist, this is a nice looking church, nice looking both interior and exterior, nice place to come in , take away the stress and worry of everyday life and just relax, free your mind for a while !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very ornate and some lovely stained glass windows and marble mosaic floors. It is also close to Flinders St station so you can view them on the same day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a huge fan of ancient buildings but always visit famous churches when visiting cities. It was nice to see and an attraction you can visit for as long as you want.

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When looking at federation square it's hard to miss the beautiful Cathedral! We were very excited to look at the amazing artefacts and stunning architecture. We were quietly looking around and enjoying ourselves when a guide came and wouldn't leave us to look around. I was showing my son an amazing crucifix that marked a French soilders grave in 1914... More 

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