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Review of Old St Paul's

Old St Paul's
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Wellington City Sights and Coast Tour
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Owner description: Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's famous Old St Paul's, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places. Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people. Gaze at Old St Paul's unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture. Visit the Gift and all-year-around Christmas Shop at Old St Paul's, which features exquisite gifts, NZ keepsakes and beautiful Christmas decorations, advent calendars and nativity scenes.There is something to suit every taste. The site where Old St Paul's stands was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. For almost 100 years, Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. It remains a place of spiritual significance to many and also has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events.
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“What a gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

This beautiful church is pretty on the outside but amazingly beautiful on the inside! The stain glass windows are stunning as well as the timber throughout.
The history of this church is so special it's a must do for everyone.

Visited October 2013
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“Spectacular small wooden church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

This is a must see in Wellington. All wood church with beautiful stained glass. It is one of the most unique churches we have seen, worldwide. It is reminiscent of the wooden "stavekirche" of Norway.

Visited October 2013
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“Wonderful atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

This lovely wooden church is delightful to take a self-guided tour (available on entry for a donation). It has plenty of interesting and unusual features, including the bellropes in the foyer, a secret head carved by the builder and a hidden panel in one of the pillars. It had a lovely sanctuary and stained glass windows but for me the best bit was the illuminated panels running the length of the central aisle with illuminated letters done in oils. Beautiful. Also some interesting film footage and a lovely gift shop stocked with some unusual Christmas decoarations and affordable gifts.

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Love Gothic buildings and this one lives up to its name. It's the finest wooden church in New Zealand constructed from native timbers and the inside just glows with all the stunning stained glass windows. Did not have time to join a tour which I expect would be very informative. A beautiful part of our heritage.

Visited September 2013
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“Semper "Quam dilecta!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

"O how amiable are thy dwellings!" (Ps.84.1): this is indeed a Church of God! It was, is, and will ever be the premier "Cathedral of the Nation" of New Zealand. Built in beautifully rich native timbers, resplendent internally and externally with entrancing gables, adorned with gorgeous symbolic stained glass windows sparkling in the mystical "gloom", graced by the flag - "colours" of our patriotic past, enhanced by sonorous bells and pipe-organ sounds sometimes highlighting the prevalent silence and external wind-gusts, - this architectural gem IS indeed a House of Prayer! Start at the baptistery with the font of initiation (under the great "West" window - patronally apt in depicting the Conversion of St Paul); look ahead to the apse: all is focused on the altar of prayer and sacrifice surmounted by the Christian Cross; behold the grand carved oak "Seddon" Pulpit from whence so many stirring Sermons to the Nation must have been preached by eminent clerics and VIPs; and look up at the over-arching, all-encompassing congregational "nave" ceiling: so utterly like the skeletal hull of a ship - just as it defines! All is utterly apt, decent, and orderly!!!

Visited July 2013
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