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All Saints Church East St Kilda

Architect: Nathaniel Billing, Frederick Wyatt

South | S22

On the corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, stepping into All Saints, with its large and generous dimensions, is like walking into a sensory oasis. Made of imposing bluestone, All Saints Church is the largest and one of the most decorated churches in Melbourne. Construction commenced in 1858, making 2018 the 160th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. Building works were completed in 1892. Throughout its life, the church has added to its extensive decorative scheme. Highlights include its detailed stencil work; a significant collection of 18th and 19th century French and Italian copies of the Masters; a large and exquisitely carved memorial screen; a pair of imposing gas lamps from St George’s Chapel Windsor; a 19th Century Venetian mosaic; and a life-size Crucifixion scene – the only work in Australia by English Arts and Crafts sculptor Alec Miller. Architectural features from the Gothic Revival, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, and a fine collection of English and German stained glass, all find their home within the church. Reflecting its on-going life, the church also features a collection of vestries and choir rooms rarely seen by the public. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat & Sun 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Programming: All Saints will highlight the purpose for which it was built with High Mass on Sunday at 10 am featuring the All Saints Choir, Melbourne's earliest, continuous all-male choir. A display of vestments and church plate will be featured. A self-directed children's 'treasure hunt' will be available highlighting some of the fine artefacts of the building.

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Facilities: Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Transport: Stop 42: Dandenong Rd on routes 78

  • Photo Credit: Rene Knaap

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

2 Chapel Street, St Kilda 3182, VIC

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