Saint Marys Cathedral, Sydney
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Address: St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Saint Marys Cathedral, Sydney
The St. Mary’s Cathedral is almost the largest church in Australia which is also the home to the Archbishop of Sydney. The church is regarded as a Minor Basilica, and is very favourably located in central Sydney. Its structural speciality is in its exceptional twin spires. It bears numerous holy and religious relics and articles. The highly decorated and sculptured walls also bear the beautiful oil paintings of the internationally famous Stations of the Cross.
The walls in the western section are adorned by the Pieta of Michelangelo in marble. The aisle of the church bears the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, which was previously placed in the crypt. The floor of the crypt is decorated with marble. There are elite groups of choir and musical performers, as well as numerous variations of pipe organs and church bells that make the cathedral a buzzing musical centre. The Cathedral preserves the burial ground of the Third Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, St. Patrick Francis Moran.
Saint Marys Cathedral Information
- The Cathedral is extensively decorated with channel windows made of stained glass and highlighted and featured by skylight along with lighting.
- Do not miss the western transept rose window rises behind organ pipes. It is simply breathtakingly beautiful.
Saint Marys Cathedral Opening and Closing Hours
- Mass timings: 6.45am, 1.10pm, 5.30pm (Choral Mass Monday to Thursday during School term time)
- Saturday 9.00am, 12.00pm
- Sunday 7.00am, 9.00am, 10.30am (Solemn Choral Mass), 6.00pm (Youth Mass)
- Public Holidays 12noon
How To reach Saint Marys Cathedral by Public Transport
- Nearest train station: St. James Station
- Nearest Bus Station: College St Near Prince Albert Rd
Restaurants Near Saint Marys Cathedral
- Bodhi Restaurant
- David Jones Foodhall
- Max Brenner Chocolate Hall
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Saint Marys Cathedral, Sydney Reviews
I don't usually Post a review that's less than very positive unless of course it's warranted but I have to save this place seems to be the most difficult church to work at. I understand it is a cathedral and there are religious ideology and rules that have to be respected that goes without saying however the people that look after the cathedral I quite annoying at times. When I attend this Cathedral working as a photographer I'm often faced with many objections to what can be covered and where I can stand it almost seems as though they just want to be difficult for the sake of it. Even shooting on the front steps of the cathedral is often met by a security guard that tells you you have to move on and will stand in the shot until you leave. Extremely rude and such a shame they have such a poor attitude for probably the highest profile Cathedral in the country.
St Mary's Cathedral is located near Hyde Park. There is a small fountain in front of it. You will never miss the cathedral! The building is authentic and beautiful. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to visit the interior part of the cathedral due to time constraint but I will definitely visit it again if I have the chance in the future!
Really nice architecture even though the cathedral is young considering the age of other churches and cathedrals in the world. It nice and peaceful place to go even if you just want to get away from the busyness of the city.
Outside the cathedral you can hear many cars and people chatting but once you step into this place, it's a different story. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. Don't miss the lights of Christmas during Christmas time. Not much crowded on a Sunday night. A must see place.
First time in my life finding a church which doesn't allow people to come in during wedding mass. The toilet sometimes closed. The only thing that makes me visit this church is just the interior design.