It's hardly a grand affair but the Anglican cathedral of St George's is in a prime central location opposite the City Hall and Perth Concert Hall on St George's Terrace.
Consecrated in 1888 (work on the building commenced in 1879), it is built of handmade bricks and is something of an international building - local jarrah roof arches, limestone from Fremantle, bluestone pillars from Victoria, Oregon pine ceilings, marble manufactured in Italy, English alabaster and a Caen stone pulpit carved in France...
It is not the original design as the somewhat squat tower replaced the planned tower and spire and this was not added until 1902.
On the day I visited, there was preparation for a flower festival of some description - it is not everyday you see a cathedral full of naked mannequins!
St George's Cathedral has a wonderful, high, light and airy nave and makes for a lovely place to visit and cool on a warm, summer day.
The cathedral offers a selection of talks and concerts - check the website for further information.
Entrance is free.
This church, built between 1880 and 1888, is the only old building in this area and is surrounded by an increasing number of advancing skyscrapers. With its handmade red brick it is a least a building which attracts attention in modern Perth.
The interior of the church is even more amazing: kauri-pine ceilings, impressive stained glass windows, a beautiful pulpit and some original Russian icons from the 19th century. Really unexpected and very interesting to take a visit.
Work on this historic Cathedral began in 1879 from bricks made from clay quarried at Rottnest Island. The church was consecrated in 1888 by Bishop Parry who was the second Bishop of Perth. The style is described as English Victorian Gothic Revival and was designed by Edmund Thomas Blackett from England. Unfortunately he died before ever seeing the completed Cathedral which is the only example of his work in Western Australia. The bells of St George’s were a memorial to Queen Victoria and are heard ringing out every Sunday before 10.00am Choral Eucharist and 5.00pm Choral Evensong. Concerts and dramatic productions are sometimes held in the Cathedral also. The church is Anglican and contains memorials to Western Australian pioneers and others who served in the wars of the 20th century.