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St Kilian’s Catholic Church

Architect: WC Vahland 1888

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Building Description

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.

What's On

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)

  • Transport: Stop 3 Vintage Talking Tram Stop.Receive 15% off GoGet with the code OHM15, see Top Tips For A Great Weekend page for more details.

  • Photo Credit: 1. Damian Griffin, 2. Tyr Liang

Location

161 McCrae St, Bendigo VIC 3550, Bendigo VIC

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