St. Church Of The Catholic Archdiocese Of Melbourne
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St Patricks Cathedral is the mother church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. It was named after St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The church was officially opened in 1997, however the first mass took place in February 1858.
St Patricks Cathedral was designed by William Wardell, who also designed the Wardell building at Genazzano. St Patrick’s is well-known internationally for its stunning Gothic Architecture and it is one of the greatest buildings erected by the exponents of the Gothic-Revival style.
The Cathedral is well known and identified by catholics in Melbourne. Catholics living in Melbourne greatly appreciate the history and significance of St Patricks Cathedral. Whether their child was baptised there or they were…show more content… Buttresses support the gables, these are topped with carved pinnacles are side parapets.’ (Cam)
The original gable was replaced by a carving of the Papal Coat of Arms in 1974.
The archway also features angles and shields bearing symbols of the Old and New Testament. The panels on the gates of the grill are the coats of arms and Pope Puis XII and the first three archbishops of Melbourne. Candles are also able to be lit on either side of the main entrance.
Jeff Kennett Gargoyle:
The Jeff Kennet Gargoyle is above the Eastern Transept. When you look up you will see two strange faces carved in stone! One is a lion, the other is a man.
Gargoyles in Gothic Cathedrals were once thought of as protecting the building from evil spirits, they also serve as water spouts.
For years Jeff Kennet (a former premier) was rumoured to have been the model for the gargoyle, as the facial features are so similar. Tom Carson (the master stonemason) said, ‘just a whim but in keeping with a centuries-old tradition’.
Mr Carson also said that stone makers use lots of people in positions of power as muses for their gargoyles.
It took Mr Carson 6 weeks to make the gargoyle. Around the cathedral you will also notice lots of other gargoyles resembling animals or creatures.
In the North Transept there are memorial tablets that commemorate the lives of archbishops that are buried within the cathedral grounds.