Admire the Architecture of St Mary’s Cathedral
One of the world’s finest English-style Gothic cathedrals, St Mary’s is well worth a visit on a free day in Sydney. Following a devastating fire in 1865, Archbishop Polding commissioned architect William Wilkinson Wardell to design a new cathedral. Constructed of dressed Sydney sandstone, Wardell’s building is grand in every way. The biggest place of worship for the Catholic faith in the city, St Mary’s stretches 107 metres (351 feet) in length and 75 metres (246 feet) in height, thanks to the spires built in 2000. It’s also home to a beautiful crypt with a stunning terrazzo floor. Even the most secular among us will feel an emotional reaction to this building, which will be of interest to anyone with a love of history or architecture. Following the 10.30am Mass on Sundays, St Mary’s Cathedral offers a free guided tour; for a small fee, guided group tours are available during the weekdays.