Australian Gothic Styled Cathedrale
France is so overflowing with breathtaking Cathédrales, Châteaux and Palaces that you need never travel further than most local villages without being able to admire yet another fine example of architectural history.
The abundance of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic Revival structures living side by side with modernism and post modernism buildings has made the French, I believe, a little nonchalant about the diverse history they dwell amongst. As a visitor to France however, I cannot be but sometimes overwhelmed, awestruck and envious of the rich heritage of this European country.
In 1988 Australia celebrated its bicentenary 200 years after the arrival of the First Fleet to our shores so it is understandable that our architectural history is definite. Heck, as a nation we are not very old at all! So, on my road trip to Melbourne last weekend when stopping on route in Goulburn, I was delighted to happen upon this beautiful Cathedral.
St Saviour’s Cathedral is the second church built on this site. The first church was erected in 1839 with the current one built around the first between 1874-1884. St Saviour’s Cathedral was designed by Australia’s famous Edmund T Blackett and is considered to be one of the finest white sandstone cathedrals in the Southern Hemisphere. The Cathedral’s organ, originally with 43 stops and 2,252 pipes (geeky fact for pipe organ lovers), is one of Australia’s best, and revered by musicians.
So, while St Saviour’s is not quite as old as many French Cathédrales, it is nonetheless a true beauty: and it belongs to us. This makes me proud and I now all I have to do is return to the Cathedral when a concert or service is in process to admire that organ playing! Hopefully you have a chance to visit this Cathedral when next in Goulburn.
The Tourist Centre has regional information and St Saviour’s Cathedral site has its opening hours and an in-depth history of the site. When travelling I choose to book through Hotels Combined for ease of booking and to find the best prices. Are you a cathedral or church visitor when travelling? Stained glass windows and intricate woodwork and stone carvings are a passion of mine… what about you?
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