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St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Known internationally as a leading example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, St. Patrick's Cathedral has the distinction of being both the tallest and the largest church building in Australia. The foundation stone was laid in 1858, but the cathedral wasn't finally completed until 1939. The 19th century Catholic community of Melbourne was almost entirely Irish, so the cathedral was dedicated to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Attend Sunday mass for a chance to hear the renowned Saint Patrick's Choir, founded in 1939 when the Vienna Boys Choir found itself stranded in Australia at the outbreak of war. You can also drop by during the week to take photographs and learn about the city's heritage. Work out when and for how long to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and other Melbourne attractions using our handy Melbourne travel planner.
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  • Surrounded by modern glass and steel highrise, there's this nice sandstone church. It's huge, but it looks small between all the giants. 
    Surrounded by modern glass and steel highrise, there's this nice sandstone church. It's huge, but it looks small between all the giants.  more »
  • I had a self solo tour as guided tour is not available. This place looks good from outside but inside, not very appealing. 
    I had a self solo tour as guided tour is not available. This place looks good from outside but inside, not very appealing.  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning. No words for how cool this is. The part I found most interesting is the gargoyles disguising the downpipes from the box gutters. So fascinating to see all the detail they created all those years ago. The garden is very pretty too, although the creepy looking statues interrupt the view a bit. The circular water feature has very muddy water.
  • Nice artworks and marvellous musical setting of the mass. Liturgy is solemnly conducted and it also has beautiful greens paces around the sanctuary. Literally a good place for individual reflective prayer and devotion, as well as for temporary escape from the outside world. To God be the Glory.

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