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St Peter’s Cathedral – Church of churches
Given its abundance of churches, of all persuasions, Adelaide is frequently referred to as the City of Churches. St Peter’s Cathedral, a landmark on the city’s north side, is the most spectacular of all these churches and has arguably the richest history.
The Anglican See of Adelaide was constituted in June 1847 and a grant of land was shortly thereafter given by the Governor for the purposes of building a cathedral. In 1855 the Supreme court held that the land grant (of public land) was beyond the power of the Governor to grant and as such it was invalid so construction could not proceed.
Bishop Short, the first bishop of Adelaide, purchased just over an acre of land, at the corner of King William Road and Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide in 1886. Piecemeal building began, in 1869 and St Peter's Cathedral was consecrated on 1 January 1878. The rest of the current nave was completed by 1901. The towers were completed in 1902 and The Lady Chapel was completed in 1904. The last section to be completed was the front steps in 1911. The front of the building is believed to have been modelled on the front of the Church of St Jean-Baptise de Belleville in Paris which itself has many similarities with Notre Dame de Paris. An interesting pictorial history of the cathedral’s construction can be seen in the passage to the northern side of the Chancel.
While many of the windows were made in England, two of the earliest windows, the Rose Window in the eastern wall and the window of Edward the Confessor were made in Adelaide. The lower windows in the Nave depict contributors to the English Church from early times up to 19th century martyrs.
Opening hours :Mon – Sat 9:30am - 4:00pm, and Sun between services and 12 noon - 4:00pm
Self guide tour by free booklet available in a number of languages – make sure you pick one up at the back of the church on entry it contains a lots of good information and points you to things like a piece of Westminster Abbey (London) masonry which you would otherwise most likely miss.
Guided Tours Wed 11:00am, and Sun 12:30pm; tours take about 45 minutes.
ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL
St. Peter's Cathedral, I think is the most beautiful in Adelaide.
The plans for the building of the Cathedral were brought out from England by the 1st Bishop of Adelaide, Augustus Short in 1848.
The Cathedral was started in 1869 and the first section was completed and opened fully for services in 1877. The towers were completed in 1902, The Lady Chapel in 1904, and finally, the front steps in 1911 completed the building.
The doors were open for visitors to enter, so I was able to see the Church windows that were made in England. The Rose Window and the window of Edward the Confessor were made in Adelaide. The lower windows in the Nave, depicted people who have in their lives, been significant in some way to the English Church from early times right up to 19th century martyrs.
The newest window, is the Magdalene window, celebrating both the resurrection and the work of women in the church.
A leaflet about these windows is available on the stands by the doors.
The wooden sculptures on the High Altar depict people and angels who have been important for some reason to the people of the British Church and is beautiful!
OPEN.... from 9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday and Sundays between services and 12 noon to 4:00pm.
The Cathedral is staffed by Welcomers during opening hours and there are informative booklets available at the back of the Cathedral in various languages to allow visitors to take a self guided tour.
The Cathedral Shop is located adjacent to the main entrance. On sale is a range of merchandise including CD recordings of the St Peter's Cathedral Choir, postcards and other souvenirs by which you can remember your visit.
Free Guided Tours are held every Wednesday at 11:00am, and every Sunday at 12:30pm; tours take about 45 minutes.
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