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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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Beautiful Architecture

Situated just across Flinders Street Station. A must see Cathedral. Beautiful ornate architecture. Very serene inside even though it is situated right at the corner of the busy... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Situated just across Flinders Street Station. A must see Cathedral. Beautiful ornate architecture. Very serene inside even though it is situated right at the corner of the busy intersection.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A great old church. This church could be found in any great city in Europe. Beautiful stained glass window. Notice the pillows for kneeling. This was an oddity. The sell tours.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful cathedral and an icon of Melbourne CBD, together with the famous Flinders Train station diagonally opposite. Good to visit or even take a leisure walk by the streets, admiring the architecture and beauty.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you check the old paintings at the Ian Potter Centre across the road, you can see the Cathederal as one of the original buildings of Melbourne among pastures and old smaller buildings. Classic Melbourne architecture

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

St Pauls is fantastic, it could be in any city in Europe. Absolutely a must see if you are in the CBD of Melbourne

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Allowed to take photos inside the cathedral by purchasing a camera permit for $15.00, in the gift shop. It's a beautiful place to see and spend some time sitting in one of the pews. Melbourne Visitors Shuttle has a pick up/drop off point right in front of the cathedral.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took some photos outside this beautiful Victorian architectural piece without realizing it was the St Paul Cathedral. We was surprised to find a cathedral right in the middle of CBD as we strolled along finder st. Melbourne still has many beautiful Victorian era buildings which are a sight to behold! A must see if you happened to get down... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very happy to have taken part in such a memorable service during our holiday visit to the city of Melbourne We loved the music & the people were welcoming.

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I certainly had no plans to see this, but it was on Swatson Street. I was on my way to a restaurant so I stopped by to take a look. Having seen cathedrals in Rome, this wasn't a must see for me. However, if you're on Swatson Street and Flinders Street, you mind as well grab a photo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely building from the outside, and stunning within. Even if you are not religious you should pop in and have a look at how lovely this architecture is.

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