Sunday, 15 September 2013

Parramatta, St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral is located on the corner of Marist Place and Victoria Road, in the western suburb of Parramatta. This heritage listed Catholic church was designed by James Houison and built in 1853 in the Victorian Gothic stone church reusing stone and many elements of an earlier church on the site. The tower and spire were added to the church in 1878 and 1883. The church was demolished and rebuilt in 1936 and again in 1996 after it was gutted by fire.

21 comments:

  1. my goodness...it has had many second chances!! nice shot!!

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  2. Beautiful capture as always, Jim!!! Have a great weekend!

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  3. It hardly seems possible that with all the destruction wrought on the cathedral, it indeed arose again. A testament to faith I'd say! The new stone house of worship looks as it may have in earlier phases of its life, in stone it is a mighty statement to all with a message of 'never lose hope'...

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  4. Sounds like the people are determined to have a church on that spot!

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  5. what a great church and community! You certainly do get around and thanks for all your great photos!

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  6. This church is certainly the phoenix legend in action. The church now looks a little like a mini chateau. Beautiful.

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  7. Love the ambiance with So many memories...

    Regards,
    /CC girl

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  8. A beautiful building with a lot of history.

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  9. Sweet! They were recycling before it was cool to do it. Love the spire and details. Thanks for sharing it in InSPIREd Sunday.

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  10. Excellent photo!

    I would love an old photo of the cathedral from before the renovations. How much was retained from 1853 and 1877? And which elements were added or changed before WW2?

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    1. It seems that the tower and spire survived both of the recent demolitions and rebuilding, in tact.

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  11. Quite a bit of history in that beautiful old building, thanks for sharing

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  12. stunning church, such an unfortunate history, and yet a building still stands...

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  13. What a beautiful Cathedral! It is so nice to travel to places I've never been.
    :-)
    Traci

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  14. I've always wanted to go on a church tour! Thanks for sharing

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  15. I love your choices of architectural images each week. It speaks of history and age and the thought that went into each building.

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