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“Beautiful Church in the Heart of Melbourne”

St Paul's Cathedral
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$55.09*
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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise
Ranked #31 of 446 things to do in Melbourne
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Nestled in the heart of Melbourne and across the street from Federation Square, St. Paul's is the perfect place to begin your Victorian experience. A classic, Anglican cathedral, the windows and organ are just the tip of the iceberg that you will want to rest for a moment before leaving the sanctuary and into the city limits. Steps away from museums, galleries, and shopping, St. Paul's is well worth your time. And if you are here on a Sunday, stop in for a church service. The choir is excellent!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

St Paul's is the work of one of the truly great masters of the Gothic Revival, William Butterfield (1814-1900). Its architecture has a style and panache not found in most of Australia's cathedrals which predominately are the work of Second Eleven Gothicists. St John's Brisbane (architect John Loughborough Pearson), St David's Hobart (architect George Frederick Bodley) and St Paul's Melbourne are the exceptions - all First Eleven, and of the three St Paul's is undoubtedly the best. With its polychromony, tilework and venetian glass mosaic reredos it is a building to savour and enjoy. See it in action by attending Evensong. Butterfield resided in the UK and the the work was supervised by the Melbourne architect Joseph Reed. Butterfield's original conception was probably for bolder colours in the striped interiors. Architectural historians joke that St Paul's Melbourne is Butterfield bleached by the Australian sun. For all that it is still a superb building and true to Butterfield's genius. The decision in the 1920s to complete the spires using a blander design by the Sydney architect John Barr has more seriously compromising the exterior of St Paul's.

Thank Ian S
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stumbled across St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral whilst walking in Flinders Street. Although small it is quite an imposing presence right across the road from the railway station. It is of traditional architecture in-keeping with the 19th century and is strategically located in the heart of the city.

The cathedral is well maintained and has a beautiful stain glassed window. It is the oasis in a very busy city and provides one the opportunity for reflection.

This place is well worth a visit.

There is a statue of Captain Matthew Flinders outside the Cathedral.

I have added a few photographs.

Thank CDinNI
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

This was my Good to Go list, not "Must Go"

As what other reviewer had mentioned, this place is nice with some stuff to see and walk around. The people there are friendly, greets you with smiles and some will ask how are your day.

Thank Ben W
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

The architecture is good. Atmosphere is very peaceful.

Good to pay a quick visit.
You can walk till the almost the other end, frm the entrance, so take the opportunity to appreciate the architecture up close.
You would need to pay to click pictures.

Thank manalic
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