The beautiful exterior

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, Sydney is beautiful and best of all, it’s free to enter!

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St. Marys Cathedral interior

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…

How beautiful is this painting of Mary and Jesus?
I have no idea who this is, as sadly I didn’t have enough time to read the signs

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.

The magnificent alter
Saints on the alter which are all women

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

More beautiful stained-glass

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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The alter


  1. Your photos make the cathedral look like a really amazing building. Church architecture is often really impressive, well, the older building anyway. It seems surprisingly dark inside the cathedral given that it’s in Australia. I’ve always wanted to live in a converted church

    1. Thanks so much. It truly is beautiful. I know, I love the interiors to as when as the exteriors which normally have gargoyles attached and scary looking statues, but none of that here 🙂 Yes it was quite dark inside the church, especially around the perimeter, where there was less light. That would be cool, but so few church buildings come on the market nowadays. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. I think I have heard quite a number of things about St Mary’s cathedral. The cathedral looks so beautiful I must say. The inside is magnificent and those pictures are so beautiful. I didn’t know there is a Saint Mary Cathedral in Sydney. Now I will have to add this to my bucket list. I have to see this magnificence for myself.

    1. Yes it really is so beautiful, and certainly gives the bigger famous ones around the world a run for their money! Highly recommended. Thanks for reading and commenting Ruth 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos, I love them, it’s so pretty, I feel you with the heavy footsteps, I had pumps on when I went in Manchester cathedral and I still felt like I was making a scene, my camera was on my phone though so a bit quieter than yours 😂 x

    1. Lol! It must be those stone floors 🙂 it was like Godzilla was walking through there, and every time my camera made a noise from taking photo’s I was getting the worst evil looks LOL! Worth it though it be able to capture such a lovely place and be able to share it with the world. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. Lovely post and photos! This looks absolutely beautiful, the architecture is stunning and I’ve always loved stain glassed windows – they’re so pretty (even if some of them are quite gruesome, haha!). Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes some of them are heaps gruesome! You wouldn’t get away with they nowadays – LOL! I’ve always loved them too, they are so magical. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  5. This is such a beautiful location! I love the stained glass windows, the colors are absolutely stunning. I’m glad you decided to step inside, it definitely looks like something out of Europe! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It really does look European, doesn’t it? I’m so glad I decided to go in too. Plus it’s free to enter so another good excuse to look around. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  6. Cathedrals are so stunning and lovely. From the colors to the details in the flooring, grand staircases and arches, to the stained glass windows, just being inside one makes me feel whole and happy.

    I have visited a cathedral in Los Angeles and always find the experience stunning.
    Thanks for sharing so many amazing photographs! <3

    1. Thanks Jaya. I agree, they are such wonderful structures with so much history. They did have a random pretty staircase in the middle, which looked like it belonged in a Harry Potter novel 🙂 Thanks for your comments on my photos too. Great comment 🙂

  7. The photos you took are very beautiful and impressive! It looks like a great place to visit. It does remind me a lot of all the big churches around Europe. I could not tell that it is in Australia. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. It really looks like it belongs in Europe, doesn’t it? It was such a beautiful place to photograph, despite how loud my camera sounded in the quiet cathedral LOL. Thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂

    1. Thank you! I never have a camera out of my hand lol! Awesome, I’m glad you’ve had the opportunity to explore. It was so quiet the day I visited. I loved it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment 🙂

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