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St. Mary's Cathedral

  • College and Cathedral Sts. Map It
  • Hyde Park
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 07/21/2016

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The first St. Mary's was built here in 1821, but fire destroyed the chapel. Work on the present cathedral began in 1868. The spires weren't added until 2000, however. St. Mary's has some particularly fine stained-glass windows and a terrazzo floor in the crypt, where exhibitions are often held. The cathedral's large rose window was imported from England.

At the front of the cathedral stand statues of Cardinal Moran and Archbishop Kelly, two Irishmen who were prominent in Australia's Roman Catholic Church. Due to the high proportion of Irish men and women in the convict population, the Roman Catholic Church was often the voice of the oppressed in 19th-century Sydney, where anti-Catholic feeling ran high among the Protestant rulers. Call ahead for tours. Separate tours take in the cathedral, the crypt, and the bell tower. Free guided tours depart after Sunday mass.

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College and Cathedral Sts., Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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Sight Details:

  • Tours free

Published 07/21/2016


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