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St. Francis Church

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Address: 326 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9663 2495
07:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:30

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Provides a peaceful place for quiet contemplation

St Francis Church was directly across from where we were staying (it was what we saw when we looked out our hotel window), so we were curious to see the interior. It is a lovely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wolfville, Canada
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Wolfville, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

St Francis Church was directly across from where we were staying (it was what we saw when we looked out our hotel window), so we were curious to see the interior. It is a lovely church inside with an impressive wooden ceiling. The side chapel is more ornate than the rest of the church, and provides a peaceful place for... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large building lying just east of the CBD. The exterior is comprised or roughly hewed sandstone. When you enter the cathedral seems dark and foreboding, but after a few moments you get used to the light. The cathedral is bathed in a yellow light from the plain yellow glass at the front and sides. The central ceiling... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

This church is in the heart of Melbourne. It's quite deceptive because on the outside it looks quite plain, but when you get inside, it's lovely architecture and very distinct to melbourne. If you are able to get to a Sunday Mass it's an experience. I'm not particularly religious but if you want to experience Catholic Mass in Melbourne they... More 

Thank Merilyn_S_12
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This Church is absolutely amazing and such a peaceful place to visit for quiet prayerful times. St. Francis is the oldest Catholic Church in the state of Victoria, and located in the CBD of Melbourne.

1 Thank Geraldine K
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

I love working here i'ts a tourist church there is 3 masses here on sundays and fridays, the church is always croweded lots of older generation come here, I go for the rosery some times, they have this during the week at 11.30am, I have met alot of lovely people who come for the same reason here.

1 Thank 131253
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

I love to stop in St. Francis church in the CBD. It is old & quite beautiful. The book shop next door is also interesting. There is a chapel inside the church where you can sit & pray or just reflect & light a candle. Everyone is welcome. A gentle, relaxing venue.

1 Thank Julia M
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

St Francis is one of the busiest Catholic churches in the city of Melbourne. It has an almost continuous round of Masses being said. It is also one of the oldest churches in Melbourne, and it was restored recently with generous donations from the faithful Something is always going on around this much-loved Church. It is not too far out... More 

1 Thank Jeffry B
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Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

This is a pretty old church here.A pretty small old building among the new big buildings. If you like churches visit.

1 Thank SE s
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

One of the busiest churches in Australia. This is a fantastic church to attend services at. Unfortunately the serenity and beauty has been ruined somewhat by the building of large skyscrapers in background

1 Thank JohnG3121
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

This is a beautiful church in the Melbourne CBD, well worth a visit, especially during mass or just to drop in to pray.

1 Thank IanE4

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