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St Mary's Cathedral Location: Corner of College Street and Prince Albert Road, City

Perhaps one of the best known Catholic building in the heart of the city is the St Mary's Cathedral. With 37 steps leading to the entrance and Gothic influenced roof tops, it is not hard to see why so many visitors flock to the cathedral. The building's most famous visitor was Pope John II in 1996 when he prayed for the soul of the Unknown Soldier resting underneath.

One of the many interesting facts about the cathedral was the difficulty in constructing it. The site's original chapel was burnt down in 1865 and it was not until 1928, sixty years after it was burnt down, that work on constructing the building finally began.

Visitors to the cathedral should visit the underground floor where the tomb of the Unknown Soldier is laid to rest. An unknown Australian soldier who served in World War I, the tomb is a reminder of those who served in the wars. Popes and archbishops who served the cathedral since 1865 are buried here.

Also on display are debris and items from its early days as well as several 18th century confession booths.

(02) 9220-0440

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TIP: Even if you are not Catholic, it is recommended that you attend one of the masses in the cathedral which is held on Sunday mornings and evenings. The choir is worth listening to.

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