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St Peter's Cathedral
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I have always loved traveling to Adelaide ,such a beautiful city and the cathedral is the most stunning church I have ever seen, has such a beautiful feel about it

Visited June 2014
Thank Pauline G
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Sydney, Australia
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“Lots of history in one place.”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Greeted by two elderly ladies at the main entrance, they were very helpful and informative. The cathedral is a short walk from the city centre. There is an information pamphlet detailing the history of the building which can be picked up at the front door. There is a cathedral shop as well. Nice building with a fair bit of history.

Visited June 2014
Thank Andrew M
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“The rudest welcome I have ever experienced in a church !!!!!”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Good Friday !!!!! Mozart's Requiem @3 , Free entry but you had to book , we were told nearly 3weeks ago it was sold out , so we decided to go along and have a look at the cathedral . I was told quite rudely that I couldn't get in , no point in trying , sold out ( yes I knew that ) I asked if we could maybe stand at the back , to which point I wasn't given an answer and ignored , asked if I could just have a quick peek inside , no answer as he continued to stick up his poster on the door ( which took 5minutes) , I stood right in front of him and asked him why he was so rude , nothing to do with me was his response !!!! Adelaide is this how you treat your tourists , very disappointed

Visited April 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Beautiful, Historical, Fascinating, Near City Location, FREE to visit!”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

You don't need to be a believer to recognise that Adelaide's St Peter's Cathedral is a building of great beauty, architecturally innovative for its era, vitally important to the history of the city and its early benefactors, trend setting and progressive as the building and community evolves in the 21st century and an absolute fascination to linger and view.

Your first step in through the great Western front presents an awe inspiring vision of the High Altar, the intricately carved reredos, the dramatic rood and the lighting .. oh, that incredible light that shimmers, glints and shadows holy relics alongside cool recesses and priceless gifts to the glory of God and the church.

You don't need to be a tourist from far parts of the world to step in and feel the need to compare this with some of the great cathedrals of the world.
It does compare.
Yes, it is smaller but no less magnificent and one should really bear in mind a little of the history of South Australia when visiting St Peter's Cathedral.
From its lofty position, to many it is our Heavenly Sentinel, watching over Light's Vision - the City of Adelaide.

In 1836 at Proclamation, Adelaide was little more than mud huts, stringy bark cottages and a few stone and slate buildings straddling the River Torrens.
On 29th June 1869, the Patronal Festival of Saint Peter, the foundation stone of this great cathedral was laid.

More than twenty years in the planning, William Butterfield's original plans for a red brick building were not accepted by the city's founding fathers.
The plans were purchased by local architects Edward Woods and Walter Bagot whose preference for this great cathedral building was to utilize several varieties of local sandstones.

Building progressed in various stages and before the slate roof had fully covered the first stages of Lady Chapel and Lantern Tower, services were being held sometimes in driving rain when only hastily erected tarpaulins could provide some shelter from the elements.
By 1890 the Nave and Towers foundation stone had been laid. This is a one-and-a half-ton block of granite from Monarto South. In various other stages of building hammer pressed rubble sandstone was quarried from Tea Tree Gully; dressings are of Murray Bridge Oolitic stone and the entire Cathedral base is of Glen Osmond stone.

Building was delayed at times by lack of finances.

Substantial financing by Sir Thomas Elder and Robert Barr Smith enabled work to resume during 1900 to completion and consecration in 1901 ... so visitors will understand that the construction of Adelaide's great cathedral was over a thirty year period.

Throughout the 20th and now into the 21st century benefactors continue the gifting tradition.

In recent years the building has undergone several major reconstructions to repair, preserve and stabilize the roof and structure. All this detail can be found in many and various documents freely available to those who come, interested to see and learn.

Embracing evolving eras, majestic windows dedicate, illuminate, educate and illustrate the history of Christian faith.
Notable among these are the clerestory windows by Cedar Prest. These demonstrate her inspired interpretation of the links between the state's history of growth and that of the cathedral in terms of the New Testament.
Most recently, the installation of the great Transept window, designed by David Wright. This window's main theme celebrates the intrinsic quality of the role of women in life and in the church, the nurturing and holding together in detail, the patient recurring ministry in everyday life. The scene depicts Mary Magdalen and the women who come to Christ's empty tomb.
Here is a fascination for your own interpretation and understanding of the scriptures.

Lastly, for this article, I mention the Guidons.
These are regiment colours which have been carried in various battles under which men served and gave their lives, while others returned to present these standards to the Cathedral.
Sometimes known as the Peace Chapel, here is a very special place to sit and reflect.

Architecturally beautiful.
Historically fascinating.
A feast for the eyes ... and the heart.
Discover even one small part of the life of St Peter's Cathedral and you may discover one new small part of yourself.
Peace be with you.

Visited December 2013
5 Thank Christine H
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Brilliant Carols Christmas Eve”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Attending one of the more 'modern' churches every Sunday, but brought up in a CofE, this year I just needed a fix of church bells and traditional carols with a choir and thundering organ, and St Peter's delivered ! My hubby and 3 teen children turned up about 6.30pm for the 7pm start (Carols and Lessons) and got a seat about halfway back - it was already busy, we could have got a seat til about 6.45pm. The readers all spoke very eloquently and the choir sounded lovely. The building is also very pretty and traditional (despite not being THAT old, well not compared with my old English parish church that was 1,000 years old) and the sunset shone through the stained glass and reflected onto the opposite wall. We'll be back again next year I think !

Visited December 2013
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