St Francis Xavier Cathedral

St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton

St Francis Xavier Cathedral

St Francis Xavier Cathedral
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
St Francis Xavier Cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings in Geraldton. Designed and built by the famous Architect/Priest Monsignor John Hawes, it attracts visitors from all over the world. A major restoration, conservation and enhancement project has just been undertaken and the 100 year old building is well worth a visit. The Cathedral is open every day . Guided Tours are available Sunday, Monday & Wednesday at 2:30 Friday at 4:00 Tickets ($5) are available from the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre adjacent to the Cathedral.
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jandp768
Bendigo, Australia838 contributions
Quite spectacular
Jun 2021
Didn’t go inside but stopped and admired it from the outside, certainly is an impressive piece of architecture.
Written June 8, 2021
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Theresa
Perth, Australia95 contributions
Cathedral with a difference
May 2021
Visited early in the morning so very quiet and peaceful. The colours are different but suit the style of the building. Well worth visiting.
Written May 29, 2021
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Michael S
51 contributions
Beautiful Cathedral in the heart of Geraldton
May 2021
Very unique and beautiful cathedral that is a stand out in Geraldton. It has a strong Australian influence in the design and building materials used. A very calming and peaceful place to reflect and enjoy the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Written May 24, 2021
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Tracey C
16 contributions
Stunnimg building
May 2021 • Business
Such a beautiful place to visit whilst in Geraldton. The volunteers were happy to show visitors around and provide information.
Written May 5, 2021
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Thank you for your visit. Our volunteers are passionate about the Cathedral and the works of John Cyril Hawes and love inform visitors of our local legend.
Written May 23, 2021
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mjail5
Perth, Australia895 contributions
Interesting History and Beautiful Architecture
Jan 2021
This is our 3rd visit to Geraldton in the last 5 years and we never fail to stop by at the cathedral. This time it was just an overnight in Geraldton on our road trip to Coral Bay. Next time we have to timed it with a tour to fully appreciate the history.
However, thanks to the Museum in a nearby building which we visited for the first time, I learnt a lot on the life of the talented Architect/Priest Monsignor Hawes.
Written January 15, 2021
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So pleased you manged to spend time the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre. It's a great way to start your tour of the beautiful Cathedral next door. Hope to see you back soon.
Written May 23, 2021
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Geni7
Perth Western Australia197 contributions
Loved the history
Sep 2020
One of quite a few Monsignor Hawes built churches in WA with an interesting history. The lady providing the tour made it interesting. The histroical display was comprehensive and well presented.
Written December 18, 2020
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Thank you for visiting the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre and St Francis Xavier Cathedral. We hope you get to visit other works of our famous Priest/Architect's which are part of the Hawes Heritage Trail.
Written May 23, 2021
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COOKIES8Perth
Bali, Indonesia398 contributions
Photo opportunity
Dec 2020
Great spot to take a photo of an iconic Geraldton landmark. There's also a museum and a guided tour you can do .
Written December 3, 2020
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Thank you for your review. Yes certainly a great place for photos, inside and out. The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre which is adjacent to the Cathedral is also worth a visit as it tells the story of the amazing Priest/Architect John Cyril Hawes who designed the Cathedral and many other buildings which form part of the Hawes Heritage Trail throughout the Midwest and Gascoyne areas of WA.
Written May 23, 2021
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia4,995 contributions
Legacy of Monsignor John Hawes
Sep 2020
The Cathedral dominates the Avenue and is the largest and most imposing work of Priest and Architect John Hawes with construction completed between 1916 - 1938. An imposing building with the twin domed towers and large central dome. The interior is equally impressive with the nave flanked by pillars, the lantern under the dome, the arch over the high altar and the circular stained glass windows. Both my wife and I were taken aback with the coloring, horizontal stripes to the walls and vertical to the arches, very similar to that seen in the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba ( Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption). The Cathedral also houses the largest carillon of church bells in Australia, 27, with 8 dating to the 12th century. Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre nearby tells the story of this remarkable man. There is also o sculpture of the monsignor and his dog, a labyrinth and fountain in the forecourt of the Cathedral.
Written October 3, 2020
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Thank you for your very detailed review and description of our Cathedral and Heritage Centre. You've captured the story perfectly.
Written May 23, 2021
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Global55166721477
1 contribution
Guided tour - Cathedral of St Francis Xavier, Geraldton
Sep 2020
This is a must see. The Museum is new, beautifully executed with state of the art displays. The tour guide was excellent as she began the history tour outside of the Museum, then entering the Cathedral and into the Crypt. Plenty of time to view all that this lovely lady explained. Persons of any or no denomination should visit this magnificent building which has extensive historic significance - it is marvellous.
Written September 30, 2020
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So glad you enjoyed the tour and had time to visit the Heritage Centre as well. We have a great story to tell about our famous architect/priest John Hawes and love to show off our iconic Cathedral to our visitors.
Written October 1, 2020
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Maddy B
Fremantle, Australia32 contributions
Learn about an important period in WA history
Sep 2020 • Solo
Interesting history and beautiful works by the architect Father Hawes, who designed 44 buildings, 29 of which were built, 5 of which with the Father himself doing the physical building work. Buildings are scattered around the WA wheatbelt, mostly around the Mullawa area.
Written September 9, 2020
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Thanks for visiting Maddy B. The story of John Hawes is certainly a fascinating one and an important part of our local history. The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre in Geraldton is a great starting point for the Hawes Heritage Trail which takes in his most significant buildings in WA.
Written September 10, 2020
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St Francis Xavier Cathedral is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM