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“The St Andrew's Catherdral Building”

St Andrew's Cathedral
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Singapore's Colonial District Walking Tour
Ranked #78 of 804 things to do in Singapore
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: St Andrew’s Cathedral is one of Singapore’s most treasured works of architecture. Gazetted as a national monument on 1973, you’ll stand in awe at its majestic facade, with extended pinnacles and a glossy white exterior. Take a coffee break and enjoy our free wifi at The Cathedral Cafe which is conveniently located beside the City Hall MRT entrance (North Bridge Road).
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“The St Andrew's Catherdral Building”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Interesting information about the structure of the catheral: 68.58m (225ft) long and 35.5m (115ft) wide, has a nave, side aisles, north and south porches, and a roof made of teak and slate.
The building featureschunam plaster, a mixture made from shell lime, egg white, coarse sugar, and water in which coconut husks had been steeped. After drying, the plastered walls and columns were polished with rock crystal or rounded stones and dusted with fine soapstone powder, giving the building a distinctive white exterior so hard that even nails have difficulty penetrating it.

Visited August 2012
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Centreville, Virginia
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“Nice, simple cathedral”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a nice, fairly simple Gothic cathedral in the middle of a tropical city. It offers a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are doing a walking tour of the historic downtown, it is worth stopping by. FWIW, the rest of the historic core (Supreme Court, City Hall, etc.) were all under wraps and construction when I was there a few weeks ago (May 2013) so I was disappointed that my walking tour was pretty much limited to the cathedral and the original water front.

Visited May 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Church is a Church”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Church is a church, whether it is big or small 150 years old or one year old Historical or modern.
Once you enter your mind will become peaceful. It make you happy.
What else do you want. Thank you God

Visited September 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Something for Everyone”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Sunday is the busiest day of the week, where as many of twelve services are held in the main building as well as the underground sanctuary. There are services in English, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Filipino, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Myanmar. Japanese service is held on Saturday, along with other church services. Some are held in traditional while others in contemporary manner. There is something for everyone.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Aspiring to very little”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Whenever I go into a church, look up into the lofts or choirs, and see a derelict pipe organ which need not be so, I cry. I know, it is not the organ that makes a church a church, but if what makes it a church is not what interests you, then why not feel disappointed?
There is little to charm in this plain building. From the road outside, it certainly looks impressive as sole occupant of its own verdant , tax free city block. But inside, it is a ho hum place to visit. Of course, its not built for tourists. I know that. But the way church attendance is going, it might as well be. Unless of course they learn lessons from those who run the monster churches of thousands of worshippers in Singapore’s shopping centres etc.
Did I forget to mention that there is a scrap of the carpet used for QEII’s coronation in the Epiphany Chapel.
Now you will want to go.

Visited March 2013
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