132 Years For Gothic Revival - St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

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Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot on 27 September 2012.

View of St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney from Hyde Park.

Construction History:

1865 – The first St Mary’s Cathedral is ruined by fire on the evening of June 29.
1868 – The foundation stone of a new Cathedral is blessed by Archbishop Polding. The new Cathedral is to be an outstanding example of gothic revival architecture, designed by William Wilkinson Wardell.
1882 – The incomplete northern section of the new Cathedral is opened and dedicated.
1900 – The opened section and central tower are completed and dedicated.
1928 – Construction of the nave is completed, and Archbishop Kelly opens the almost-complete Cathedral on September 2nd. (The total cost of construction amounted to approximately 700,000 over a period of 60 years.)
1998 – 2000 – The Spires, designed by Wardell, are built.

When completed, St Mary’s Cathedral came to represent the solidarity of the Catholic community in Australia. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney and the mother diocese of Australia, and remains the largest ecclesiastical building in the English Gothic style in the world.

The building is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

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