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St Patrick’s Cathedral is the spiritual home of the Irish Catholics of Melbourne, and is named for the patron saint of Ireland. Completed in 1939 after more than 70 years of construction, “St Pat’s” is a majestic example of Gothic revival design. The yard in front also contains a statue of Daniel O’Connell, the emancipator of Irish Catholics from religious persecution.
Situated on the borders of the city centre, the towering central spire of the cathedral reaches an impressive 105 metres into the Melbourne sky, with a further two spires topping out at 61 metres each. The unusual dusky colours of the building are a result of the use of local Victorian bluestone, along with a range of other materials.
Make your way around the cathedral and crane your neck back to admire the scale of the building, along with its ornate decoration and striking design. Keep a look out for the gruesome gargoyles and many sculptures found around the exterior.
Entering the building, take in the colours and shapes cast by its beautiful stained-glass windows. The enormous organ dates from the 1870s, and is handsome and sonorous in equal measure – come for Sunday evening mass to hear it in action in tandem with the excellent St Patrick’s Cathedral Singers.
Entry is free of charge, and you can stroll around to your heart’s content, or join a tour. Catholic mass ceremonies take place daily, and you can pick up curios and other Catholic items in the cathedral shop. When you’re finished with your visit, sit back and relax in the green and pleasant Fitzroy Gardens, which are found nearby.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is a short walk from central Melbourne, and is across the road from Flinders Street Station, the city’s main train depot.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Marvel Stadium. Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flagstaff Station is 7 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes.
Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.
Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, famous theatres, major sporting venues, vibrant entertainment, exceptional restaurants, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, Her Majesty's Theatre, and Flinders Lane. Bourke Street Mall and Princess Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 14 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Collins Street and Princess Theatre. Her Majesty's Theatre and St. Vincent's Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jolimont Station is 16 minutes.
Shaped like an open book facing the Yarra River from its Southbank side, this 24-story hotel is located in the Southgate shopping/business complex, 500 meters from Federation Square, Victorian Arts Centre, and Crown Entertainment Complex.