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Address: | Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 61396534333
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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My wife and i happened apon this place and we were both gob smacked with how beautiful it was and the people inside were more then happy to give us loads of infomation and answer... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and i happened apon this place and we were both gob smacked with how beautiful it was and the people inside were more then happy to give us loads of infomation and answer all our questions

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to this place on our trip to australia and newzealand.On our city tour we were given about 30 mins to see the place.Prayers were going on and so absolute silence was maintained.Seems one of the popular curches in melbourne

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful gothic architecture in the centre of Melbourne. There is a fee for taking pictures inside of the building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful inside and out makes for great photography and interesting history and is open 7 days a week all are welcome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lived in Melbourne all my life and my first time to this surprisingly ornate Cathedral. It lacks the historical depth of the European Cathedrals but it beats most of them for its beauty. You need to pay $5 to take photos - but as you are helping to maintain the place it is a small price to pay.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gothic exterior may be freely (literally) photographed. Unfortunately, visitors must pay a $5 fee to take photographs inside. Visit also felt like I was intruding on worshippers and service taken place. Small gift shop inside indicates this is a bona fide tourist attraction. If there was information about the history of this church, etc. - I didn't see it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always visit here, the stain glass windows are so beautiful, you forget you are in the city when you sit down and just look around you in thought for a few minutes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is a stunning celebration of Victorian Gothic architecture. It also contains, a stunning collection of beautiful stained glass windows. Go visit - you will get a warm welcome there. The architecture is downright amazing. Maybe even more amazing is the skill which was needed to build such a place filled with such beauty.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a building of both religious and cultural significance. Well worth a visit. Architecture both internally and externally visually impressive and moving.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were taken by coach all around the streets of Melbourne all the buildings of interest were pointed out to us and then we took a cruise down the Yarra River with complimentary Tea and Coffee.

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