Gothic-style and built from local yellow sandstone, St Mary’s Cathedral is one of the most gracious and significant buildings in Sydney. It was the work of 19th century architect William Wilkinson Wardell, but unfortunately he never saw the finished product because he died 100 years too early. For music-lovers, the regular Choral Services by the Cathedral Choir feature sacred works by composers such as Palestrina, Mozart, Brahms and Monteverdi. Something not to be missed is the peal of bells: 9.50-10.30am Sundays and 12noon-1pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month – plus on civic occasions and weddings, of course. But above all, St Marys is a place of solace, worship and prayer.
St Mary’s Road, Sydney, 2000, (02) 9220 0400, www.stmaryscathedral.org.au
Written by Michael Muir