I love the serenity and peace of being in a church. Especailly one in a foreign country. St. Mary's Cathedral is about a 15-minute walk from the King's Cross area and near the Hyde Park Barracks. It's a huge church founded in the late 1800's. There's no photography allowed inside so out of respect I didn't take any pictures of the interior. I went here my first day and I found it to be quite relaxing. There were a lot of people around and some were being a little loud. But it was a great way to sit and unwind and admire the nave and the pulpit of this huge church. The architecture was amazing.
St Mary's Cathedral is a English style gothic structure church in the city central. You will not miss this beautiful architecture while you are visiting Hyde Park. Unfortunately, you can't take any pictures inside the church. But the details structure and art works of the exterior is impressive enough that could load your camera's gigabytes.
There is a exhibition and a museum store inside the church.
Please check out their website for its history..
When we last visited the cathedral in 2007, it was under serious renovation. Sydney hosted World Youth Day in 2008 so it was getting a "makeover" in preparation for the event. World Youth Day is a Catholic Youth Rally held every year in different parts of the world. I was unaware of this but Liz is Catholic and has participated in the event before. When Liz and I returned in 2010 we were happy to see the renovations of the Church were perfect. The Cathedral looked good as new and visitors were enjoying the beauty.
The Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. Inside the cathedral are beautiful stained glass, sculptures and a statue for the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Inside is very beautiful but no photography is allowed so you'll just have to see it for yourself.
St Marys Cathedral - located in the city of sydney, across from the Hyde Park and near the Domain.
St Mary's Cathedral is the spiritual home of Sydney's Catholic community. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, and stands on the site of the first Catholic Chapel in Australia. Constructed in local sandstone, the "Gothic Revival" style of its architecture is reminiscent of the great medieval cathedrals of Europe. St Mary's is not only a great legacy from the past, however: it is vital part of the present spiritual and cultural life of the city and the nation. The Cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians.
During our visit to Sydney in 2007 the Cathedral was under some major renovations in preparation of World Youth Day 2008. World Youth day is a Roman Catholic celebration of Youth in the church. Sydney was the selcted city for world youth day and St. Mary's was the focal point since it is the
St. Mary's is the largest church in Australia. The church is very lareg and has some imposing spires that make it a sight to see.
St. Mary's Cathedral is the spiritual home of Sydney's Catholic community and is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney.
The Cathedral stands on the site of the first Catholic Chapel in Australia. The foundation stone of the first St. Mary's was laid by Governor Macquarie in 1821, but it was later ruined by a fire in 1865. Three years later, the foundation stone of a new cathedral was blessed by Archbishop Polding. The new Cathedral is built in gothic revival style, and constructed in local sandstone.
The pope has visited the Cathedral in 1970, 1986 and 1995. St. Mary's Cathedral is located very close to the Hyde Park.
This year being World Youth Day, it is a good idea to visit the exquisite St. Mary's Cathedral one of WYD's many venues for the youth celebrations. This church, of magnificent architectural value both inside and outside is the scene of many weddings too!
What makes is it more interesting is that it is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney.The cathedral is 107 metres long, 24.3 wide at the Nave, it's ceiling is 22.5 metres high with the height of the central tower at 46.3 metres. The front tower and spires are 74.6 metres high.(This according to one tourism site, sydney.com.au)
The Cathedral is surrounded by College and Cathedral Streets and Albert Road. It is adjacent to Hyde Park. So the views going there are quite scenic too!
St Mary's Cathedral is the largest Catholic Church in Australia. This is where the Archbishop of Sydney sits.
This is the site where the first Catholic Chapel was found in Australia. The cathedral is build of sandstone and has a "Gothic Revival" style.
St Mary's Cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians.
The Catholic St Mary's Cathedral is the biggest Gothic cathedral in the southern hemisphere. Opened in 1882, it dwarves many of the churches/cathedrals of Europe the design is based upon. Its 100 metres long and the nave is 98 metres high! It's a pretty impressive sight - as is the crypt floor - a wonderful marble mosaic.
The Cathedral is not a central builidng in modern day Sydney - it is to be found on the eastern perimeter of the CBD on College St - the eastern side of Hyde Park, but only a couple of minutes walk from the Art Gallery and the State Parliament.
It is part of the high light when you walk from Circular Quay to Hyde Park. It is beauiful. St Mary's Cathedral was built in 1865 on the site of the first Catholic Chapel in Australia. The Cathedral's "Gothic Revival" style is constructed from local sandstone. The Cathedral has 3 arched openings along it's length. The high arches of main arcade, gallery openings of the triforium and the windows of the clerestory. The Cathedral is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians. It is the spiritual home of Sydney's Catholic community.
I'm not a church type of guy. BUT that being said, I truly enjoy touring the massive cathedrals and houses of worship during my travels. From an architectural standpoint, they represent the pinnacle of a people's minds and hearts. There's something soothing, at least to me, about the echoed sounds of quiet footsteps in a massive cathedral.
St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney takes its place among the larger Roman Catholic structures throughout the world. Its stained glass windows are especially impressive. I also noted the various remembrances and monuments to recent papal visits in Sydney. Apparently, Pope Paul VI was the first pontiff to visit Australia, back in the late 1960s, I believe. And of course, the most widely-traveled pope in history, John Paul II, also said mass at St. Mary's. Both men are remembered within the cathedral.
And, for some reason, I always like to see the various architectual and artistic renderings for The Stations of the Cross.
St. Mary's Cathedral, located at the NE edge of Hyde Park, is the largest and (generally considered to be the...) most impressive place of worship in Sydney. The massive edifice is sandstone, and actually represents the "second coming" of the church. The original cathedral was built in 1821, but destroyed by fire. The present cathedral was begun in 1868 and was completed in ah.......sometime AFTER 1999, when work on completing the two spires was BEGUN. Talk about your construction delays. But then again, when you're a church with a 2000 plus year history, what's a few decades? : )
Just across the street from Hyde Park is St Mary's Cathedral. This impressive sandstone architecture is even more spectacular on the inside. The cathedral is open to the public but is in use as a place of worship and as such silence and no camera equipment rules do apply These conditions of entry are clearly signed upon your entry. You can walk in, and gaze at the huge leaded windows and vaulted ceilings, the detail is amazing. There is a fee to descend to the crypts if you wish to explore further
The first structure of this cathedral was first eretced in 1833 then it burned to the ground in 1865 and completed again in 1928. The Gothic towers on the south end of the cathedral was finally finish in 2000.
An exhibit in the crypt gives an account of the cathedral's role in this modern city.
St Mary's Cathedral is known as the mother church of Australian Catholicism. The cathedral's foundation stone was laid in 1868. However, construction of the spires of the front twin towers only happened in mid 1999 as they ran out of fund.