Saint Marys CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +61-292200400
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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
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- Bodhi Restaurant
- David Jones Foodhall
- Max Brenner Chocolate Hall
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Saint Marys Cathedral, Sydney Reviews
Absolutely worth a visit. Whether you're Catholic or not, you can admire the love and devotion that went into the architecture and design. If you can, pay the extra $5 at the Gift Shop to see the Crypt downstairs. Simply gorgeous. There are security guards, but as long as you obey the rules, you'll have no issues. Gents, remove your hats. Ladies, cover your shoulders. Avoid talking, but whisper if you must. Stay away from the centre pews. Check the Mass times, and avoid going at this time if you don't wish to hear the sermon. Well worth going at Midday, the pealing of the bells was phenomenal. Wheelchairs are definitely welcome, noisy or unruly children not so much. Remember, this is a place of worship.
The architecture of this church is beautiful. It is large but not ludicrously massive. You are able enter and roam around when there is not a mass. Even if there is one going on, you are more than welcome to sit and listen. The middle section is only for prayer so do not take pictures there.
A must visit place in Sydney. It's a very spiritual and historical place to visit. Have daily service and Tours available as well. There is a Crypt underground of the church which is open to visit Monday to Friday 10 Am to 4Pm which is beautiful to see.
It’s a peaceful church, so quiet inside. The architecture is exquisite. I loved the beautiful wooden ceiling the best. The stained glass windows were inspiring and the beautiful wooden doors too.
If you are interested in the old Catherdrals this is an interesting place to visit. Lots of stained glass and carved wood. Scheduled times the bells are played. Nice park across the stree to sit and relax.
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