Eddie Cheng

Memories of Victoria, Australia (Melbourne, 墨尔本) #05

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This is a fifth and last of my mini-series on Victoria, Australia; taken during a very short family getaway in April 2012. I do hope you have enjoyed them all. Thank you.

St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836. The decision to build on the site of the existing church was made because of its proximity to the railway and soon to be completed cable tramway service. The Swanston Street and Flinders Street corner remains one of Melbourne’s busiest intersections today, ensuring the Cathedral a place at the heart of city life.

The Architectural style of the Cathedral is described as Gothic transitional, being partly Early English and partly Decorated. It was designed by the distinguished English architect William Butterfield, who was noted for his ecclesiastical work. The building was completed under the supervision of Joseph Reed, who designed many of Melbourne’s public buildings.


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