Facing Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral (1868-82) is a symbol of the spiritual beginnings of the Catholic Church in Australia. This striking landmark, in neo-Gothic style, is the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney. Topped by twin spires, the building was modeled on Lincoln Cathedral and its imposing façade reflects the design of Notre-Dame in Paris. Inside the cathedral, intricate stained glass windows cast beautiful patterns of light. Christmas is an especially evocative time to visit when the cathedral is adorned with lights and decorations.
Location: St Mary’s Rd and College St, Sydney
Official site: http://www.stmaryscathedral.org.au/