Old St Paul Cathedral in Wellington caught me by surprise. The streets of New Zealand’s capital reflect an active, upbeat, modern city. The general architecture styles are eclectic, contemporary and interesting. Then there is old St Paul Cathedral. Built entirely of native timber, this 19th-century gothic-revival masterpiece is well worth a visit. The high, vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, and stained glass windows seem out of place in such a young country. Built in 1866, it has a feel like many of the much older churches we visited in Europe.
Only a block away sits the new St Paul Cathedral, built in the 1960s. It’s massive organ is built from the remnants of the original water organ of old cathedral. We were lucky enough to stumble upon an organ concert, free to enter with a recommended donation. The photos were shot before the concert – later the seats filled up quite a bit.
- Old St Paul Cathedral is located at 34 Mulgrave Street. It’s open everyday from 9:30am to 5pm, except when being used for private functions (it is popular for weddings).
- Hourly guided tours of the Old St Paul Cathedral are available for $5 per person.
- New St Paul Cathedral is only a block away at the corner of Hill and Molesworth Streets. It is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm and on Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There are three Sunday services at: 8am Said Eucharist, 10am Choral Eucharist, and 5pm Choral Evensong.
- New St Paul Cathedral serves as the Anglican Diocese of Wellington.
- Both are free to enter, although donation is requested.
New or Old, which St Paul Cathedral do you prefer? Have you visited either?
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