St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

4.7
#2 of 43 in Historic Sites in Melbourne
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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  • It's a good building, interesting to see but is just another church and is not that different to any other! 
    It's a good building, interesting to see but is just another church and is not that different to any other!  more »
  • A truly sacred space. Moves the senses and calms the soul. Architecture, space and light magnificent. Sat down and prayed. 
    A truly sacred space. Moves the senses and calms the soul. Architecture, space and light magnificent. Sat down and prayed.  more »
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  • Fair notice at the beginning of this review, I am not religious. I am a huge fan of church and cathedral architecture though. This was an incredible spiritual experience for my wife, son and I. The amber glow from the translucent alabaster windows beautifully lit every nook and cranny of this wonderful building. Would definitely recommend this place as an awe-inspiring place of worship or for those who just admire gothic brickwork. The surrounding garden is also incredibly beautiful and worth a stroll.
  • Beautiful Cathedral..... The globe 🌏 looks amazing.... This place is holding big globe 🌏 and opposite to this building (NGV) is holding the moon (same size). The place has a huge musical instrument which is played with air. Hoping to hear the music sometime. It was very quite and enjoyed my time here.

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