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St Paul's Cathedral

Architect: William Butterfield, John Barr

City of Melbourne | C49

St Paul's Cathedral is the seat of the Anglican Primate of Australia and the home church for Anglicans in Melbourne and Victoria. Around 20 worship services are held here every week and are attended by both regular congregations and visitors to Melbourne. The Cathedral is also the venue for many ecumenical services, official commemorations, state funerals, and other major events. In its style, the building echoes the grand cathedrals of Europe. Designed by distinguished English Revival architect, William Butterfield, it was built in the Neo-Gothic transitional style, partly Early English and partly Decorated. The foundation stone was laid in 1880, and work continued for eleven years, leading to the consecration of the Cathedral on 22 January 1891. The construction of the three spires did not begin until 1926, with a revised design of Sydney architect John Barr, rather than the original design of Butterfield. The central spire is the second highest in the Anglican Communion, after Salisbury Cathedral.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12pm-2pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Details: Informal tours available upon request from Cathedral volunteer guides

  • Special Programming: On Saturday, a Mandarin language worship service will be held at 10am, running for approximately one hour, and a lunchtime service will be held between 12.15pm and 12.45pm. Visitors are welcome to attend and participate in the services, however photography is not encouraged at these times, and guided tours will not be available.

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 1880-1891, 1926-1931 (spires )

  • Transport: Stop: Swanston St/Flinders St on routes 35, 70, 75.

  • Photo Credit: Stefano Ferro

  • Tour Type: Self-guided

Location

Corner Flinders and Swanston Sts, Melbourne 3000, VIC

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