St Mary's Cathedral Tourist Attraction

St Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary`s Cathedral is a catholic cathedral located in Sydney. The Cathedral stands on College Street, in the heart of City, the business district of Sydney. This is a real neo-Gothic Cathedral. It is recognized as a "national shrine". This is the most capacious church in Australia.

The first stone in the foundation of the Catholic Church was laid on the 29th of October 1821 by the Governor McCarey. A short time later, the Church was completed, it was built in neo-Gothic style and had the shape of a Latin cross. Since 1842, when the Catholic diocese was founded in Sydney, the Church began to function as a metropolitan cathedral. In 1865, the Cathedral was destroyed by the fire. Archbishop Polding began the construction of a new Cathedral. Before the building of the new church, a temporary wooden chapel was erected on its place, which, however, was also destroyed by the fire. The first foundation stone of the new Cathedral was laid in 1868. The construction of a gigantic building was long and gradual. In 1882, the premises of the first phase of the building were consecrated. The construction of the main nave was completed by 1928. The richly decorated crypt was built in 1961. In 2000, the spires on the towers were erected due to the financial support of the government.

The architecture of St. Mary`s Cathedral is typical for the English Gothic revival of the nineteenth century. The Cathedral was built of golden sandstone, which has acquired a brownish tint from the outside due to the atmospheric influence. Inside, the sandstone has retained its golden color. The Cathedral is oriented from North to South and has the shape of a cross. Two towers flank the facade. There are three entrances to the temple. The Cathedral has a copy of the famous statue "Pieta" by Michelangelo from Saint Peter's Cathedral in Rome. The Cathedral is famous for its stained-glass windows. There are about 40 stained- glass windows showing iconographic scenes. The organ installation in the Cathedral was completed in 1942; the organ is located on the gallery above the main entrance of the Cathedral. There is a shop with the symbols of the Cathedral in its West wing. During the Christmas period, the Cathedral has a special, festive decoration. But be careful: it is forbidden to take photos inside the Cathedral.


St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
33° 52′ 16″ S, 151° 12′ 48″ E

Ticket price

Free entrance

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