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St Paul's Cathedral

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Address: | Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9653 4333
08:00 - 18:00
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St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in...

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.

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Beautiful old church

We visited this church on Easter Sunday. Beautiful historical church The service was being said in two.languagess

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We visited this church on Easter Sunday. Beautiful historical church The service was being said in two.languagess

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

so beautiful....calming and full of history. across the church you can see the flinders station so convenient for your time.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To see the stainglass windows, and all the other amazing old style architecture in this and other similar buildings within the city limits, and being preserved for people to enjoy was wonderful

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Inside and out, this cathedral is BEAUTIFUL. In other historic/religious places I've visited around the world, photos are either allowed or not allowed at all for respect and religious reasons, which I understand. But this cathedral will allow photos inside, only if you pay for it via a photo licence you can purchase on site. This tainted my experience of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have visited some of the major cathedrals in Europe you won't find anything special. However, the inside of the building is impressive. The stain glass windows and the chancel area are interesting.

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a giant church situated in Victoria Road Melbourne. Among the churches this church is very Holy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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We enjoyed going to this church in the heart of Melbourne and took a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The architecture is beautiful and the stained glasses, magnificent. I soaked up the serenity and the calmness of the place .

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the icons in Melbourne and worth the visit. Won't miss it because it is just opposite Flinders Street Station.

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One of the pillars of the Federation Square area, the spires of the cathedral stand out in this area of the city. The interior is beautiful, and the wooden ceiling is especially gorgeous. The stained glass is outstanding, and worth a visit to see. As well, the cathedral offers a time of respite from a busy city. If you want... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of more important cathedrals that were built in the 1800's in Melbourne. The other is St. Patricks, near Parliament House. There is magnificent gothic architecture inside and impressive stained glass windows. Next door (to the right) was the convent for the nuns. I'm not a follower of the Christian faith but I do love to visit beautiful... More 

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