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St Francis Xavier Cathedral

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Beautiful and unexpected

This cathedral built in 1915 by Monsignor John Hawes. It’s style is a cross between Californian... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
nickjenkins
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Perth, Australia
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Iconic and Beautiful

One of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in Geraldton and I feel the region. Superb... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
520billa
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Meekatharra, Australia
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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...more
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Cathedral Avenue | Cnr Maitland St, Geraldton, Western Australia 6530, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This cathedral built in 1915 by Monsignor John Hawes. It’s style is a cross between Californian mission churches (think Clint Eastwood westerns) and Bruneschelli’s dome at the Duomo in Florence. It is a beautiful building and well worth a look.More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Explore06057181572, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for visiting and for your interesting description of our iconic Cathedral. We are grateful to the legendary priest/architect Monsignor John Hawes who not only designed and built the Cathedral but was responsible for many other church buildings in the Mid-West which are also worth...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in Geraldton and I feel the region. Superb reflection on the importance this faith has had on the region and especially the fishing fleets of the times. Well worth the stroll around and soak up the history...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Explore06057181572, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting and for your review. I hope you were able to visit the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Museum in the adjacent building to learn about the amazing priest/architect who was responsible for designing and building the Cathedral and many other beautiful buildings in...More

Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

Although I’m not religious I was intrigued by the architecture of the cathedral in Geraldton. To me it had a very Spanish feeling and would be more at home In The Phillipines. A very interesting and Unexpectedly beautiful church.More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2019

Thank you for visiting our iconic cathedral. I hope you had time to visit the nearby interpretative centre to learn about the famous priest/architect Monsignor John Hawes who designed and built the cathedral, along with many other churches etc. in the Mid West and Gascoyne...More

Reviewed July 19, 2019

Great old church built by a bloke who was both a man of God and a man of architecture. We had the place to ourselves when we visited so it was very quiet and peaceful. I believe they do tours but just walking around on...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2019

Thank you for visiting St Francis Xavier Cathedral. It is well worth seeing and is lovely to wander in on your own however those who take the tour also get to visit the crypt beneath the main altar as well as learn a little more...More

Reviewed July 8, 2019

This was a real surprise to us. The building is not huge but sits well in a degree of isolation from its surrounds. The interior reminds of Byzantine decoration, the exterior hints at Florence and Rome and Mexico. There is an excellent museum close by,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2019

Thank you for spending time in our St Francis Xavier Cathedral Precinct. There is certainly a lot to see and learn. We hope the bells will be installed by the end of August.

Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

Go to the free museum first and then visit the church. What a back story! Should be a movie. Quite surprised to see a cathedral in Geraldton. The interior decor is quite unique.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2019

Thank you so much for your comments. Yes the story of John Hawes and his achievements as a priest and architect in the mid-west of Australia as well as the UK and especially The Bahamas, is definitely movie material. Thank you for visiting.

Reviewed May 7, 2019

This historical building designed by Monseignor Hawes of the Benedictine order, is something to see. If you are interested in architecture or history, the cathedral is worth a visit. It is accessible - in the town centre - and when you have soaked in all...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to comment on our iconic Cathedral and its famous architect. We certainly recommend a visit to the Hawes Museum next door as well as the Cathedral. Both are open to the public every day and tours which include a...More

Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

It’s a church, it’s old, it’s very nice, it has a dead priest in it... it is a truely beautiful building.More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2019

Thanks for your lovely comments on St Francis Xavier Cathedral. As part of the recent restoration work, the burial place of the first bishop of Geraldton, Bishop Kelly, was located and is now able to be seen through a viewing panel in the floor. It's...More

Reviewed February 4, 2019

The cathedral was recently renovated and an Exhibition centre has been built on the grounds in front of the cathedral. The cathedral is of a unique design built by Monsignor Hawes. He also built a smaller version of the cathedral in Mullewa a small rural...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2019

Thank you for visiting the Cathedral and recommending our tours which take place on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:30 and Friday's at 4:00. The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Museum next door is also well worth a visit once you have to learn about the...More

Reviewed February 3, 2019

The Monsignor Hawes Exhibition is relatively new and the Catholic Cathedral has just had a major refurbishment. The whole complex is a must see if you are visiting Geraldton. Both attractions are managed by volunteers who certainly have a passion for this wonderful Cathedral. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Traveller255365, Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Cathedral and the Monsignor Hawes Museum. Thank you also for acknowledging our great band of volunteers. They take great pride in telling the story of John Hawes and showing off the Cathedral to our many visitors.

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