Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral is a grand architectural achievement

Gothic Revival Architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral
Gothic Revival Architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral cc licensed photo by 4nitsirk

Saint Mary's Cathedral has evolved into a grandiose Sydney landmark over a a period of over 130 years. Situated along the east side of Hyde Park in the Central Business District it is visible from many different vantage points. It is also Australia's largest church.

Featuring Gothic Revival architecture along the lines of the smaller and older St Andrew's Cathedral, the first stone for this beautiful Sydney landmark was laid back in 1868 after a succession of Catholic Churches, some of which were destroyed by fire. The Cathedral was finally dedicated in 1882, but it was only a portion of what it is today. The nave was not completed until 1928 followed by the crypt in 1961. And last, but not least the large spires on to of the two towers were not added until the year 2000 in order to improve the aesthetics of the previously square topped towers.

While the design of St. Mary's Cathedral is original it certainly inherits many features typical of far more medival churches from Europe. Due to the size of the project and the available location the Cathedral is oriented north-south breaking the tradition of east-west orientation.

Forty pictorial stained glass windows and striking mosaic floors along with a myriad of other fine details complete this elegant and grand Cathedral.

Nearby attractions: Hyde Park, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Australian Museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9220 0400

Official Website: Saint Mary's Cathedral


Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2 or T3St. James Station1 minute

How to get to Saint Mary's Cathedral by Train

By Train: St. James Station Station exits at Hyde Park just west of the Cathedral.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5St Mary's Cathedral Star Rating

5 Star Rating My rating is for architectural excellence only. It's a breathtaking structure, really magnificent and if you in Sydney and miss St Mary's, you've missed one of our grandest architectural heritages.

Warren Wright - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Truly an awe inspiring sight. The cathedral is open to the public, provided you do not interfere with mass or other events.

Philip Hernandez - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating St Mary's Cathedral is a serene & holy place of worship. The sound system is good, so people understand the readings from the Holy Bible & homily. People join the choir in singing. There are many spiritual items available after attending the holy mass. It is one of the best icons in Sydney.

Marissa Gutierrez - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating St Mary's Cathedral is located near Hyde Park. There is a small fountain in front of it. You will never miss the cathedral! The building is authentic and beautiful. Such a amazing place inside and out. You can feel the church hugging you when you're in their.

Carmen Atlas - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Free to enter and worth walking in to experience the Australian version of neogothic architecture from the mid nineteenth century. Occupying a beautiful site on the edge of the two central parks in Sydney. Just be aware that many locals come in to pray so avoid happy snapping and chatting about your holidays while you are inside.

La Manivela Suelta - 1 month ago


Enjoy this spectacular Christmas Light Show projected onto St. Mary's Cathedral

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