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Address: | Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9653 4333
9:00 am - 4:00 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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Good architecture

Well worth popping in when you are in the vicinity of Flinders Street Station - either to look at the architecture or just for a rest/contemplation

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well worth popping in when you are in the vicinity of Flinders Street Station - either to look at the architecture or just for a rest/contemplation

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty cathedral although to take photographs you have to buy a pass which permits you to do so. Worth a stop in if you're passing through.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I do have a special love for religious buildings, mostly because of the massive importance to so many people. Although this building is not as old as many in Europe, it is clear that this place has been of great importance for the early Australians who migrated here and that great effort was made to build and maintain this place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Please do not skip this church when around the river bank as this church is definitely worth the time visiting and take some photos.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral is beautiful. It's free to walk around, however, they suggest a donation of 5.00 to help with operating costs. There are little pamphlets available near the entrance that guide you clockwise around the Cathedral. If you wish to take photos or film you will need to purchase a photography pass; it's 5.00 for photography/still images and 15.00 for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here this afternoon. An impressive architectural work. Not too many others visiting at the time which made it easy for us to navigate the Cathedral....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As soon as you stepped in, there was a gentleman giving out leaflets in the language of your choice and showed you how to navigate around the cathedral. There were many donation boxes around saying is costly to run the place which is very understandable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ive never seen a church so beautiful in my life!! whether you are religious or not this place is worth a visit!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped by and enjoyed the choir practice whilst looking about the cathedral, it is totally awesome in construction and well loved...obviously an iconic place and not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They want you to pay to take photos, but no one does. Stained glass is nice. Good atmosphere. Quite amongst the cities hustle and bustle. Would recommend.

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