St Mary’s Cathedral stands in the center of Sydney, Australia.
A Catholic statement of grace and beauty, that’s what this place is.
Generations of artists have bequeathed to it their magnificent gifts in stone and glass, designing a unique space of solace and prayer within this vibrant city.
This Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. It is one of Sydney’s most treasured historic buildings and one of the finest examples of English-style Gothic churches in the world.
William Wilkinson Wardell, the 19th century architect, dreamed of a Gothic structure shaped from the local yellow-block sandstone on which this city is built.
This building, St Mary’s Cathedral; was finally completed 100 years after the architect’s death.
Beautiful architecture, and it looks just lovely on a sunny day.
I personally feel that the yellow sandstone makes it rather unique!
As a backdrop to Hyde Park, it couldn’t be beaten.
Particularly when lit up at night.
It’s lovely inside and we ended up staying for mass, approximately 40 minutes. It was so nice to sit, take in the surroundings and then to hear the choir boys sing.
Despite the people inside, it was completely silent. The artificial lighting kept everything to a candle lit glow.
Its location is amazingly convenient; being right next to Hyde Park, it’s also near the Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
St Mary’s Cathedral is only a short walk from away from Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place.
Although somewhat similar in architecture, it wouldn’t be fair to compare this lovely church with some of those in Europe, there’s a distinct historical difference.
However, if you’re looking for a respite from the traffic light sprint, then do take a look!
This church is a part of Australian history and deserves a visit.
The Cathedral is dedicated specially to: “Mary, Help of Christians”; Patron of Australia.
Overall this is a wonderful place to visit. It has great architecture that is very imposing, somehow majestic.
Add to the Wonderful view from Hyde Park and you just can’t go wrong!
This place was well worth the visit. 🙂
Check it out if you happen to be in the area!
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