St Mary’s Cathedral

by Edgardo Gubelin on August 30, 2016

St Mary’s Cathedral is the spiritual home of Sydney’s Catholic community. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, and stands on the site of the first Catholic Chapel in Australia.

The first stone for St Mary s Cathedral was laid 1821. It was a simple Gothic style cruciform stone structure. In 1865, the church caught fire and was destroyed. In 1868 the foundation stone for the present Cathedral was laid. It became an on going project and was eventually completed in 1961.  The two spires were eventually completed in 2000.

The glory of St Mary’s Cathedral is the remarkable interior. The stained-glass windows in the Cathedral were crafted in England. The brightly coloured floor of the Cathedral crypt is an outstanding example of terrazzo mosaic. The roof is made of red cedar. St Mary’s is a building which has a song to sing and a story to tell – And the song of the Cathedral is the sound of its bells.

You’ll be at a loss for words, it’s well worth a visit.

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