St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto

St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto (must see)

On Church Street in the Garden District of Toronto stands St. Michael’s Cathedral. Clad in tones of grey and brick, the Cathedral stands solitary with exceptional majestic appeal and timeless architectural pride. And why not, St. Michael Cathedral is the oldest church in Toronto dating back to the mid-19th century.

This overpowering structure demands the attention of any passer-by, with its robust Neo-Gothic architecture and linear, geometric patterns. Although the exterior may be quite overwhelming and severe, the interior of the Cathedral comes as a total surprise. Balancing its exacting exterior, the insides of the Cathedral are dabbed with color, grandeur and gentle elegance. Unlike many cathedrals and churches in Toronto built in Gothic Revival (where the Gothic style is tweaked to fit modern times), St. Michael's Cathedral sticks to the classic Gothic style of architecture. Portraying rich stained glass painted windows, high vaulted ceiling with richly hued murals and paintings along with sculptures of various saints and other figurines. The cathedral was designed by William Thomas, an Anglo-Canadian architect, best known for his stunning and timeless designs and the vintage architectural landscape in Canada.

Other than being a place of faith for the Catholics of the region, the Church was heavily involved in setting up of the St. Michael’s Hospital, a medical center and a teaching hospital in Toronto.

Why You Should Visit:
After an extensive renovation, the inside is now magnificent, in colors and comfort.
Beautiful architecture, the basement is now functional, the pews are all cushioned and the solemnity of the place was kept!

Tip:
This is a great place to attend mass especially when the St. Michael's Choir is singing.

Mass/confession times:
https://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/mass-schedule/

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Sight Name: St. Michael's Cathedral
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour  

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