Our Cathedral Vision
Our vision is for St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne to be a place of transformation for our City and Diocese whereall people can come to experience and know God’s love in Christ Jesus.
Our Vision flows from the Cathedral’s position at the heart of our City and Diocese: our witness as an iconic symbol of faith for the people of Melbourne, and the home church of our Diocese.
2016 marked the 125th year since the Consecration of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.
St Paul’s stands at the very heart of the City of Melbourne. In style, it echoes the grand Cathedrals of Europe. Designed by distinguished English revival architect William Butterfield, the Cathedral is built in the neo-Gothic transitional style, partly Early English and partly Decorated. Many consider St Paul’s to be Butterfield’s final masterpiece.
St Paul’s Cathedral has been an integral part of Christian Melbourne since the city’s foundation: it stands on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836.
The Cathedral is open every day to pilgrims and visitors for worship, prayer and visiting. Many people come in to explore the wealth of history in the building, or to simply experience the quiet sanctity of this sacred space.
Visitors are welcome to obtain a $5 photo permit from the Cathedral Shop and take photographs for personal use during visiting hours, but photography is not permitted during services.
Interactive tour of St. Paul’s
Click above to take our virtual tour of the cathedral.
At St Paul’s Cathedral, we are committed to extending our ministry beyond our regular congregations and towards those who need it most.
Migrants and refugees, children and senior citizens are just some of those we seek to reach and assist through our group programs, fundraising initiatives and social activism.
St Paul’s Cathedral Gift Shop stocks a wide range of gifts, handcrafts and devotional items, that make great souvenirs of a visit to St Paul’s.