St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne 

 

The Catholic Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia is a world-renowned landmark, with a history that spans nearly 600 years. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Melbourne, the principal seat of the Archdiocese of the city, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

From its early beginnings in the 12th century, the cathedral has grown and changed over the years, with major additions and modifications being made in the 16th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The result is a building that is a masterpiece of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia is one of the most famous churches in the world, and it has been around for a long time. The main tower of St Paul’s is built of white marble and was completed in 1887. A comparison with Michelangelo’s dome at St Peter in Rome shows that St Paul’s is the second-largest cathedral in the world.

In 2013, the cathedral underwent a major restoration and was re-dedicated in December 2017. The cathedral was officially opened to the public in March 1892, though it had been built in stages beginning in 1869. The current structure is the third incarnation of St Paul’s Cathedral, which was destroyed in the Victorian earthquake of 1855.

As Australia’s most-visited tourist attraction, St Paul’s Cathedral is a spectacle of Gothic architecture that attracts almost two million visitors each year. It is a national icon and is the church building that is most frequently photographed.

Take a few minutes to learn about one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world—St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. The cathedral is located in the Melbourne Central Business District and is one of Melbourne’s top tourist destinations. The cathedral was built in 1854 and was designed by architect William Butterfield and sculptor William Westall.

The grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne are situated on a more than 100-acre site adjacent to the Cathedral itself. The shot on the left is a panoramic photo of the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Australia.

A friend of mine was visiting St Paul’s and asked me why my dad had taken her there. She didn’t know the story, of course, but it’s a beautiful cathedral. I think she was impressed with the sheer size of it, and the intricacy of the carvings.

The St Paul’s Cathedral website offers a fascinating insight into the history of the Cathedral, why it was built and the processes involved with its construction.