Self Guided Tour Guides

Visitors can pick up free cards inside the Cathedral which have information and a basic map of the building. These cards are available in a number of different languages and should be returned at the end of your visit.

Alternatively you can use this short self-guided tour to navigate your way around the Cathedral.

Cathedral floor map
  1. Processional Doors installed in 2005 form a welcoming screen at the Great West door.  The radiating light represents the experience of St Paul on the Damascus Road.  Symbols of the four gospel writers surround the light.
  2. Persian Tile on the rear wall of the narthex is a replica of an 8-pointed star tile found in two churches in Iran – the Church of St Simon the Zealot in Shiraz and St Luke’s Church in Isfahan.
  3. Floor tiles and dado (wall tiles) are a feature of Butterfield’s original design.
  4. North Aisle (Swanston Street Side) lower windows depict scenes from the life of St Paul. The painting “Anzac Christmas” by Violet Teague is on permanent loan from St Peter’s Church, Kinglake.
  5. Pulpit used for preaching about the Christian faith. One of the carved figures is that of a former Mayor of Melbourne’s daughter who died in infancy.
  6. A mounted mosaic in the North transept was originally made for the Cathedral by the artists and craftsmen who crafted the high altar reredos.
  7. Chapel of the Ascension features a reredos (altar screen) of glass mosaics, depicting the ascension of Jesus to heaven.
  8. High Altar and Reredos are made from Devonshire marble, alabaster and Venetian glass mosaics.  Above the central cross are scenes of the Last Supper and Jesus’ death.
  9. Macartney Chapel, named after the first Dean, features Gloria Petyarre’s painting ‘Bush Medicine Leaves’ (on loan from the current Dean’s private collection); the Woods’ crozier and plaques listing the Bishops and Deans of Melbourne.
  10. Cathedra – the Archbishop of Melbourne’s chair.
  11. Lantern – the higher chamber of the Moorhouse Tower, above the choir area, has 25 glass panels in a steel frame, and amber glass in the lower chamber, installed in December 2006, giving natural light to the crossing area.
  12. Pipe Organ built by TC Lewis and Co, English organ builders, first played during the consecration of the Cathedral in 1891.  The console (keyboard), enclosed by an American walnut case, is behind the choir stalls.  The pipes, in the South transept, are a notable feature.  In 1990 the organ was restored by Harrison & Harrison, organ builders, of Durham, UK.
  13. Brass Lectern, from which the Bible is read, features an eagle on a sphere, bearing on its back the Good News of Jesus Christ to the whole world.
  14. South Aisle lower windows depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
  15. Chapel of Unity where Pope John Paul prayed with Anglican Archbishop David Penman in 1986.  Visitors may light a candle here.
  16. Baptismal Fonts – the round font of Harcourt granite has been here since the Cathedral was built.  In 1912 the cruciform immersion font was built in memory of Field Flowers Goe, third Bishop of Melbourne.
  17. Narthex Screen originally separated the nave from the chancel. From the altar side can be viewed the unusual three-in-one face, an ancient depiction of God as the Trinity.
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