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St Mary's Catholic Cathedral

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Identification

St Mary's Catholic Cathedral
191176

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
neo-gothic

Facts

  • St Mary's cathedral is the largest cathedral in Australia.
  • The twin southern spires steel frames were added by a Russian helipcopter in 2000.
  • St Mary's Cathedral replaced the earlier cathedral (1821-1835) which burnt down on June 29,1865.
  • After 135 years of continuous building, the cathedral was finally completed on August 20, 2000.
  • There are 300 stones in each of the new 30m spires.
  • St Mary's is the mother catholic church in Australia and 1 of 4 Minor Basilicas.
  • The new spires have steel frames and are earthquake proof.
  • The southern spires are topped with 2.4m alloy crosses and were blessed by Cardinal Clancy before being hoisted up by helicopter in June, 2000.
  • Due to the size of land, St Mary's is facing north/south instead of east/west.
  • The new spires have steel frames and are reinforced to protect against earthquakes.
  • St Mary's cathedral is the longest cathedral in Australia at 107m in length.
  • After 125 years of continuous building, the cathedral was finally completed on August 20, 2000.

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Location

College Street
2000
City of Sydney
Sydney
New South Wales
Australia

Technical Data

244.42 ft
351.05 ft
124.67 ft
1865
2000
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