Its foundation stone was laid in 1901 but the building did not commence until 1906, completion taking until 2009. It is designed by John Loughborough Pearson, a leading church architect of the end of the 19th century and resembles another of his designs - that of Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. Sadly, Pearson died before construction began and it was his son who was entrusted to carry out the designs.
Ironically, the location of the building had not been determined when the original designs were made: the original site was bought by the State government and significant changes were required when the current site became available.
It was the west spires that were the last to be erected, lifted into position in 2008, with the completed cathedral consecrated in October 2009.
It's open to visitors daily between 9.30am and 4.30pm except during services and performances. The cathedral hosts a number of events throughout the year.
This is one interesting contruction story. The bricklayer for the church laid its first brick in 1906. It took whoever was building this church a total of 103 years (2009) to complete it. The congregation must have learnt to be very patient in this instance.
I'd wanted to take a peek into the cathedral but I guess I was there much too early.
For Brisbaner's, this Anglican Cathedral has been an ongoing concern, as the Foundation stone was laid in 1901, and the Cathedral wasn't completed until 2009.
It really is nice to see it finally completed, and today I had the chance to wander inside and have a look.
On entering, I was given a brochure on the details of the Cathedral.
Inside, the stone-vaulted ceiling is the only one of its kind in Australia. The round stained glass window is the Millenium window, and above the Choir and Canon's stalls are beautifully carved figures.
The Cathedral was built in 3 stages, beginning in 1906 to 1910, stage 2 was between 1964 to 1968 and the final stage was from 1989 to 2009. Built out of sandstone, some coming from New South Wales, and other locally from Helidon in Queensland, it is thought to be the last neo - gothic building completed in the World, and is a truly magnificent sight.
The Cathedral is a historical building, and is used as a gallery and a venue for musical performances, as well as by the local congregation.
OPEN DAILY.....9.30 - 4.30pm
There is a guide available if you wish more information.
IT IS FREE, but if you would like to give a donation, that is appreciated
Guided tours are daily from MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10am & 2pm
And SUNDAY'S at 2pm.
I don't have any religious belief but I like visiting cathedrals. For me, the buildings are a piece of art - most cathedrals possess amazing architectural designs, which make me love visiting cathedrals.
There are several cathedrals in Brisbane. St John Cathedral is a comparatively larger one. When we arrived, that's already around 6p.m. but there was a service on-going. We joined and found that's a prayer section for the victims of the first bomb attack in London... it's sad.
The famously unfinished St. John's Cathedral is on Ann St. Construction of this classic Gothic cathedral began in 1906.
Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 4.30pm;
Sun: 11.00am – 4.30pm ($2,5)
free guided tours:
Mon-Sat: 10.00am, 2pm;
19th Century Cathedral in the heart of the city. Beautiful example of Gothic architecture. You may visit the Cathedral Monday - Saturday between 9:30am to 4:30pm. There is no entry fee, but a donation is appreciated.