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.
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Address: St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (02) 9220 0400
Official Website: Saint Mary's CathedralMap of nearby accommodations:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|T2 or T3||St. James Station||1 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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St Mary's cathedral is a must do!! It's massive and full of beautiful objects to observe. The inside is darkly lit and has super tall pillars. Honestly one of the best bits of Sydney.
George Cryer - 2 days ago
One of the landmark cathedral of Sydney. It's been described as Geometric Decorated Gothic in style of the Gothic Revival of the 19th Century. It's also interesting for the fact that it is oriented north-south rather than the usual east-west orientation. It has the greatest length but certainly not the largest or tallest church in Australia. It certainly worth a visit.
S Antoine M - 6 days ago
As far as Australian cathedrals go this is really nice. It is a little dark but still splendid. One day while visiting after a seminar the boys choir were practicing and it was like another world. Truly magnificent
Michaelangelo Grimaldi - 7 days ago
Absolute beauty this is. If you're a person who appreciate architecture, this is a place to visit. Lovely ambience. Surrounding area also is very beautiful. Quite a calm place, considering the crowd that flows in. Plus this is in Sydney
Rashindu Dabrera - 17 days ago
It's the most beautiful cathedral in Sydney, must visit on any trip. It always fillls you with positivity and peace so if you're passing by during the day anytime, perhaps a small stop at the altar would do you good. :) The rose windows and sculptures are mesmerizing.
Arnab Kumar Mahanty - 23 days ago