Spiritual Marvels of Melbourne

Have a little faith, this post is not focused on any religion. Instead, the post is a visual tour of some of Melbourne’s most architecturally acclaimed churches. Praised for their majestic design, these houses of worship will enlighten you with their grandness and history.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Designed by William Wilkinson Wardell, St Patrick’s Cathedral is a prime example of Gothic-Revival design. Located on the edge of the city grid, the structure is laid out in the style of a Latin cross, incorporating a nave with side aisles, transepts flanked by side aisles, a sanctuary including seven chapels positioned in a chevet around it, and sacristies.

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A cross six metres in height sits atop of the main spire. The pinnacles of the Cathedral tower upwards, representing heaven above, while the gargoyles perched around the church are trademark features befitting the Gothic aesthetic.

St Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul’s Cathedral represents the signature style of ne0-Gothic transitional architecture. Designed by William Butterfield, the cathedral consists of three giant spires, with the central spire considered to be the second highest of all Anglican churches, running second to the Salisbury Cathedral.

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This historic landmark features a sandstone facade and incorporates polychromatic brickwork, intricately arranged floor tiles, exquisitely patterned mosaics, banded stonework, timbered roof and finely tiled dado walls.

St Mary’s Star of the Sea

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Designed by Edgar J. Henderson, St Mary’s Star of the Sea church was built within the parameters of French Gothic architecture. The outer perimeter of the building is constructed in the shape of a cruciform, comprising of an aisled nave of five bays, with soaring clerestory, wide transepts, eastern chapels, and a two-bay sanctuary ending in a tripartite apse.

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St Mary Star of the sea renown for its opulent interior incorporating intricate stained glass windows, grand marble and granite pillars, unique timber ceiling and extravagant marble altars.

Scot’s Church

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The current Scot’s Church standing today was designed by highly regarded architects Reed and Barnes. The structure embodies the characteristics of Decorated Gothic or early English architecture. The interior is one of restraint featuring timber fixtures and intricate stained glass windows.

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Like many churches built during the period, Scot’s overall layout is based on a cruciform shape. The church spire stands at 210 feet in height, which provides a commanding presence on site.

St Michael’s Uniting Church

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You can’t help but notice the striking architecture of St Michael’s Uniting Church. Designed in the 1860s by Joseph Reed, the building’s aesthetic reflects the Lombardic style of architecture. The design incorporates Romanesque arches, a turreted spire and multicoloured brickwork.

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The interior evokes a theatre layout featuring a semi-circular shape floor plan with a sloping floor and tiered seating, a gallery area to further expand the seating capacity and a coved ceiling for acoustic purposes.

References: 

  1. http://www.cam.org.au/cathedral/History/Article/13333/A-Quest-for-Perfection-William-Wilkinson-Wardell-and-St-Patricks-Cathedral
  2. https://cathedral.org.au/
  3. http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/7575.aspx
  4. http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/StMaryStarSea/
  5. http://www.onmydoorstep.com.au/heritage-listing/1276/st-mary-star-of-the-sea-church-complex
  6. http://www.scotschurch.com/about/scots-church-info/history/
  7. http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/ScotsMelbourne.html
  8. https://thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/6946.aspx
  9. http://stmichaels.org.au/the-church/the-history-of-st-michaels/

 

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