Chapter 9
Accessing Melbourne
Formal steps are the main entry near the corner of Swanston/Flinders.
Wheelchair access is provided at the rear of the church from Flinders lane
where two car parking spaces are allocated. Automatic sliding doors lead into
the St Pauls office and then through to the Cathedral. Information sheets are
available and tours will be conducted upon request.
St Patrick's Cathedral
Cathedral Place, East Melbourne, St Patrick's Cathedral, (9662 2233).
Regarded as one of the grandest Gothic Revival Churches in the world.
Construction commenced in 1858, the nave and aisles were opened in 1869
and the remainder of the Church and Sacristy were completed in 1897. The
spires and Confessional were added and the west door rebuilt in 1936 40. The
cathedral is said to be architect, WW Wardell's masterpiece with its graceful
spires that became a prominent city landmark. The spacious interior lacks the
intended wall mosaics and paintings, it has many fine works of art, and
culminates in the high altar and timber ceiling.
Access is available from the Albert St (north) side of the Cathedral but parking is
very limited in the area (one dedicated space opposite by the Hyatt Hotel). The
Cathedral is open from 8.30am 6pm with mass daily at 1pm, free tours are
available to visitors.

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