St Paul Cathedral, Melbourne
One of Melbourne's oldest churches, and one of its largest, St Paul's is in the hub of Melbourne's CBD, as befits a house of worship and refuge.
A world-class pipe organ and choir-led evensong are just two of many draws at the elegant, but user-friendly, St Paul's.
This is a truly beautiful Church located in the centre of the city. The front door is a fabulous feature of the building being made entirely of heavy stained glass which is seen at its very best from the inside. My favourite feature is the baptistry which is set up for full immersion baptisms. There is also a lovely Gift Shop in the entrance. We were there for Evensong which was completely new to me (being Catholic) but I found it really inspiring. The music and singing were top class. It was a privilege to hear it.
St Pauls was built on the site where the first public Christian services were held in 1836, a church was ophere in 1852 but demolished in 1855 for the building of this cathedral
the Foundation stone was laid in 1880, the design was by the noted English architect William Butterfield but as he refused to visit Melbourne he never saw the cathedral and his absence caused many problems and delays, this was after all the days before telephones, fax and internet, he twice resigned from the project, in 1882 and 1884, and the building was completed by Joseph Read who was also responsible for many of Melbournes fine buildings
the cathedral was consecrated in 1891, the spires were a much later addition and were completed in 1933 and designed by John Barr of Sydney, Butterfields original planned spires being deservedly abandoned
there are many beautiful and well preserved features in St Pauls, the floor tiles particularly are very fine, and there is a beautiful altar screen in the Chapel of the Ascension made of glass mosaic
the superb organ was restored in 1989 following a National Trust appeal, and organ recitals are a regular feature
the most poingnatnt thing we found were the brass plaques along the south aisle, including a group commemorating the deaths of four young brothers in WWI, to lose one most be devastaing, four must be unbearable
there are regular guided tours, or you can pick up a guide leaflet and just wander as we did [free but a donation is much appreciated] there is a small gift shop with some lovely postcards of the cathedrals interior
When exploring Melbourne you really can't miss St. Paul's. St. Paul's Cathedral is a landmark site as well as a beautiful structure. The Cathedral was completed in 1891 and is in the Neo-Gothic Transistional style. English architect William Butterfield designed the church and the spires were added in 1926.
The exterior of the chuch is a grand scale as any cathedral should be. Inside it is full of light catching stained glass windows, doors,Persian tiles, artwork and beautiful wood carvings. My wife and I spent some time exploring the interiors.
Mass is celebrated here most days. We had to wait before enetering the church in order for a Mass to clear out.
St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral uses Gothic-style architecture and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Australia. It was finished in 1891, and is on the site of the first publicly-held Christian church services in Melbourne. It is open daily.
St Paul's Cathedral is anoher landmark of Melbourne. It was built between 1880 and 1891. It is located near Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. The interesting story of this cathedral is how it was designed. Architect William Butterfield designed St Paul's Cathedral from England. He actually refused to visit Melbourne.
A piece of old England in the centre of bustling new Melbourne, St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is the culmination of a theistic desire that started with the first ever Christian service in the city in 1835. A modest Parish church was built on this spot, but replaced by a new Cathedral in the Gothic transitional style, reminiscent of Salisbury Cathedral in England. In fact the stone it was constructed from was imported in from Geelong to give the kind of warm, brown exterior, just like Salisbury, and much more like English churches than the other Cathedral in Melbourne, St Patrick's, which uses local stone.