ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL, SYDNEY – A BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE IN THIS BUSTLING CITY
Sydney’s main cathedral is a beautiful building, and looks almost as impressive as many European churches
Being from the UK, I have visited many Cathedrals and churches over the years. With Australia having such a relatively short history compared to some countries, I ignorantly assumed that this cathedral wouldn’t be that impressive. I am happy to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. St. Mary’s Cathedral is beautiful and best of all, it’s free to enter!
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When you first enter, there is a beautiful painting of Mary holding baby Jesus. It looks like a photograph and I found it quite heart-warming. It really sets the tone for your visit. Above this is a beautiful stained-glass window of a King who is going to be beheaded. So, yeah, welcome to the church, come on in! As well as this gruesomeness, there are many more stunning windows dotted about the church. You can make an offering at the entrance and light a candle too if you like. Maybe even light one for the poor dead King…
There has been a church on this site for over 200 years and the first stone was laid in 1821. It was destroyed by fire just forty years later, so the church you see today is the result of a newer building in a Gothic revival style built from Sydney sandstone.
It was very quiet when I visited, so I felt like I had the place to myself, except for a few people sitting in the pews. I’m sure I irritated the worshippers in there as every time I took a step, it sounded like my shoes were squeaking on the tiles as if I had walked into a room full of mice! Also, my normally quiet camera sounded like roadworks whenever I took any photos. Yep, thank goodness it was dark, as my face was bright red!
The cathedral’s crowning glory has to be its magnificent altar. It is very beautiful. It reminded me of a section in York Cathedral, where the disciples’ statues were all together in a row.
Though the figures here are much more colourful, and interestingly they are all of women. I believe the middle lady is Mary and the others are famous saints. The next time I go, I will find out. The stained glass above this is the most impressive. It shows what I believe is Adam and Eve as one of the women is holding an apple.
I have to tell you, after almost walking past this cathedral, I was very glad I gave it the time of day, as it wasn’t on my bucket list, but take it from me, go inside. You will thank me when you do as it’s a little treasure!
St Marys Road, Sydney, NSW 2000 | www.stmaryscathedral.org.uk
Thanks for reading my post on St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. I have never really noticed this cathedral before until I was walking past one day, and saw that it was open. I really didn’t know what to expect when I stepped inside, but wow was I impressed when I entered. It was so beautiful, and I couldn’t believe that I was in the middle of Sydney. It looked like it belongs in a European city!
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