The Cathedral of St. Stephen, Brisbane

The Cathedral of St. Stephen, Brisbane (must see)

When Queensland separated from New South Wales in 1859 it was deemed that Brisbane should have its very own grand cathedral. The Catholic diocese set to work and a Gothic Revival cruciform design was approved. Construction was begun on St. Stephen’s Day, 26 December, 1863 and completed in 1922 following some redesigning and downsizing required for economic reasons. The dominant features of the façade are the sandstone spires and inside the church there are many impressive stained windows that came from Munich, Germany, France, England and Ireland. The collection of stained glass is often considered to be the most extensive in Australia.

St. Stephen’s Chapel, which stands in the cathedral grounds, is Brisbane’s oldest religious site dating from 1850. It was designed by A. Welby Pugin and construction began in 1847. Throughout the cathedral and its grounds there are many notable statues and taking a guided tour you have the chance to learn more about these and other aspects of the cathedral. There are daily tours of the cathedral at 10:30am Monday to Friday and following Mass on Sunday. Renovations took place in the 1980s to ensure that the cathedrals facilities were brought up to date and in 2000 a new organ was added.

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Sight Name: The Cathedral of St. Stephen
Sight Location: Brisbane, Australia
Sight Type: Religious
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