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All Saints Church East St Kilda

Architect: Nathaniel Billing 1857, Frederick Wyatt 1873

Inner South | IS12

Building Description

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 is the largest and one of the most decorated churches in Melbourne. Construction commenced in 1858 and continued over three principal phases concluding in 1892. Through 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 Australian, English and German stained glass, all find their home within the church. Reflecting its ongoing life, the church also features a collection of vestries and choir rooms rarely seen by the public.

What's On

On Sunday at 10AM hear the All Saints Choir, Melbourne’s earliest, continuous all-male choir. See the church’s unique artifacts on display, and educated guides available to direct visitors through the building.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 10am–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Tours continuously, running 20 minutes in groups of 5.

  • Access: Fully accessible, all ages.

  • Notes: Toilets available

  • Kids Activity: A self-directed children’s ‘treasure hunt’ will be available highlighting some of the fine features of the building.

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Stop 42: Dandenong Rd on routes 78

  • Photo Credit: David Mullins

Location

2 Chapel Street, St Kilda 3182, St Kilda VIC

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