St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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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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  • Stop in to pray, celebrate the Eucharist, and have a walking self guided tour. This is a beautiful cathedral with lots of information posted in English. The small gift shop provides ways to support....  more
    Stop in to pray, celebrate the Eucharist, and have a walking self guided tour. This is a beautiful cathedral with lots of information posted in English. The small gift shop provides ways to support....  more »
  • Beautiful church with free concerts at 1pm on Wednesday, though not always. Check in advance. Caught the organ recital! 
    Beautiful church with free concerts at 1pm on Wednesday, though not always. Check in advance. Caught the organ recital!  more »
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  • Happened to be walking up the steps to sticky beak when a burly security guard asked if I'm going to mass. Hadn't planned but thought perfect timing. Lovely short and sweet service. 11am Tuesday. No hymns. Just business. Gorgeous church. Pity some heathen kids have scratched their names in the pews.
  • St Pat's is a beautiful and serene cathedral. For me it was the setting fir a friend's wife's funeral,very say, but a wonderful setting fir such an important service in his life. I must go back as a tourist and experience it on my own

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