Sunday, 30 September 2012

ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, is the metropolitical and cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. It is the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan of the Province of Victoria. The cathedral, which was built in stages, is a major Melbourne landmark.

St Paul's Cathedral is built on the site where the first public Christian service in Melbourne was conducted in 1835. The area of the current site became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the construction of St Paul's Parish Church, a bluestone church. St Paul's Parish Church was consecrated in 1852 and was in use until 1885 when it was demolished to make way for the current cathedral.

A distinguished English architect, William Butterfield, designed the cathedral, in the architectural style of Gothic transitional. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and, on 22 January 1891, the cathedral was consecrated. St Paul's replaced St James Old Cathedral which then stood on the corner of William Street and Collins Street - later moved to a site near the Flagstaff Gardens. The erection of the spires began in 1926, to the design of John Barr of Sydney instead of Butterfield's original design.

The 1960s saw extensive work completed to the exterior of the cathedral and the T.C. Lewis Organ was restored in 1989 by a major National Trust appeal.Major restoration works were completed in 2009 with significant repairs to the spires, the building of the Moorhouse Tower Lantern and the new processional doors.

This post is part of the Sunday Psalms meme,
and also part of the Spiritual Sundays meme.





And here is the "Salve Regina" by Ockeghem, which is always something that makes me feel serene and at peace with myself.

12 comments:

  1. What a gloriously beautiful church. Just wonderful. Your images are fantastic.

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  2. What an awesome church and, as always, your captures are indeed fantastic, Nick! Have a great week!

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  3. There's a St. Paul's over here as well, yet never been inside. Wonderful colour ! Thank you for this oasis at the beginning of the new week. Thank you as well very much for your kind participation. Please have a good new week ahead.

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  4. What an incredible set of photos! This is a beautiful place!

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  5. Your photos are stunning and the music so beautiful and peaceful. Thank you

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  6. A very sacred place. I only ventured inside St Paul's a couple of years ago and was in awe of the spaciousness of it right in the heart of the city.

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  7. Very beautifully captured. I was here late last year and totally loved the place. I just blogged about it as well - would love to have you over, please read it whenever you have some time.

    St. Paul's cathedral in Melbourne: A Lesson in humanity

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