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

Official Website: Saint Mary's Cathedral

Fee: No

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Category: Churches

Address: St Marys Rd
Sydney New South Wales 2000

Phone: +61 2 9220 0400


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 18 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating Slipped into the cathedral a few days before Christmas. The air was filled with the scent of pine from the dozen lit Christmas trees flanking the... Read More

Donna B. Jan-15-2023

5 Star Rating While visiting I constantly heard go check out this amazing light and music show on the outside of this church. St Marys is this beautiful historical church... Read More

Kelly S. Mar-10-2022

5 Star Rating Beautiful church in the heart of the city. The grounds are well kept and the statues are great. I happened to wander in during their lunchtime Lenten... Read More

Jen L. Apr-20-2018

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2, T3 or T8St. James Station1 minute

How to get to Saint Mary's Cathedral by Train

By Train: St. James Station exits at Hyde Park just west of the Cathedral. Simply walk through the park to get to St. Mary's.

By Bus: Bus 333 runs up and down Elizabeth Street through the CBD. You can disembark at St. James Station and proceed as above.

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

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