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St Paul's Cathedral

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Address: | Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9653 4333
08:00 - 18:00
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St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in...

St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in the centre of the City of Melbourne, Australia. It is a place of worship and prayer. St Paul's is built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836. Soon afterwards a small wooden chapel was built elsewhere, and the area became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the building of the bluestone St Paul's Parish Church. Consecrated in 1852, this Church was used until 1885, when it was demolished to make way for the present Cathedral. The decision to build on the site of the existing church was made because of its proximity to the railway and soon to be completed cable tramway service.The Swanston Street and Flinders Street corner remains one of Melbourne's busiest intersections today, ensuring the Cathedral is a place at the heart of city life.

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A place of peace and reflecrion in an urban hotpot

I visited St Paul's and was immediately aware of the peace offered by this imposing architectural masterpiece. A quiet place for reflection and prayer. Totally recommended .

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Macau, China
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I visited St Paul's and was immediately aware of the peace offered by this imposing architectural masterpiece. A quiet place for reflection and prayer. Totally recommended .

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It was a lovely Church to look around, and we spent a good bit of time in there. Beautiful interior, lots of history!

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came to Melbourne by train yesterday and got off at Flinders Street Station and right across the road is the magnificent St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. A beautifull sandstone building with it's great spires is a real Melbourne landmark . Built on the site of Melbournes inaugural 1836 church service construction began in 1880 and it was opened in 1891,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in by chance and was pretty overwhelmed by its beauty. The organist was rehearsing so we got to hear large portions of music pieces. It was spectacular.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Must visit. It will speak for itself. I was caught just looking around the place for about 2 hours. Great place

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This ancient church has a structure so unique. It can be compared to the ancient churches in some European countries. Situated right in the heart of the city and walking distance to shopping, trains and trams. When the church bells ring out, it feels and give the city a unique sound of peace and tranquility. It is open most of... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a magnificent building, so quiet and peaceful right there in federation square. We all look at churches when we travel overseas. We have them here.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in central Melbourne is one of the most impressive cathedrals in all Australia: St Paul's. It is the seat of the Anglican Diocese and thus the home church for Anglicans in Melbourne. We stood in the large courtyard that faces Flinders Street and stared, awestruck, at this landmark. There are several features that make it remarkable, such as its... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely building to look round and an oasis of calm from the city. Our daughter particularly enjoyed the story telling linked to the stained glass windows.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Peaceful retreat. A must see for visitors. Very hand to the Flinders Street train station. There is a lot to see here. Stunning architecture and enjoyed reading all the memorials on the walls. Soaked in history. Will stop in again next visit and read the other side walls of the church. Would be a cool retreat from a summer's day... More 

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