St Kilian’s Catholic Church
Architect: WC Vahland 1888
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The current St Kilian’s Church was built to replace an 1857 sandstone church on the same site. Designed by the architect WC Vahland, it is over 33 metres long, 16 metres wide and its sanctuary is 9 metres deep. Constructed as a temporary construction and known as the Pro Cathedral, St Kilian’s became a parish church after the opening of the Sacred Heart Cathedral. St Kilian’s is made entirely of Oregon and hardwood with a Kauri ceiling. The church was extensively renovated in 1982 and the sanctuary redesigned to meet Vatican II changes in the liturgy. Its magnificent organ, built for the Rev Henry Backhaus in 1860 in Paderborn Germany and presented to the church in 1871, was fully restored and re-assembled. The church was painted inside and outside as close to its original colouring as possible.
Self-guided tours of all areas of the church, excluding the sacristy.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 26 October 10am-4pm
Tour Type: Open Entry, Self-guided
Access: Fully accessible, pram accessible, all ages
Notes: No access to the altar area
Building Type: Place of Worship
Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)
Photo Credit: 1. Damian Griffin, 2. Tyr Liang
161 McCrae St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Bendigo VIC