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One of the many classic bronze statues

It is a wonderful example of a fine Gothic revival structure
with it elegant flying buttresses and uncommon north/south
orientation. It remains the largest church in Australia. The
current cathedral is actually the third church to stand on
the site after the first permanent church and a temporary
wood structure both caught fire. The current cathedral was
dedicated in 1883 but the nave was not completed until
1928 and one of the most wonderful treasure of the building,
the terrazzo floored crypt was not completed until 1961.

The Avenue of fig trees

The cathedral is open daily to worship or just to go inside and see some of the
wonderful art treasures and stained glass rose windows, said to be based
loosely on the Notre Dame Cathedral. Other impressive objects are the tomb
of the unknown soldier and the pipe organ, With prior arrangement, you can
ask to view the richly ornate crypt and it is worth the visit. The marble terrazzo
floor alone will literally amaze you. The crypt contains the bodies and the
monuments of past priests, bishops and archbishops of St Marys.

Back out on the street, a short walk north up College St is Macquarie St where
you will find some wonderful colonial buildings that are effectively the birthplace
of Sydney. Some of the better known buildings are the Sydney Hospital, the
Sydney Barracks. Parliament House and St James Church. The Barracks,
Sydney Hospital and St James are all the work of one of Sydney's most famous

colonial architects, Francis Greenway. Macquarie St is also the
home of Sydney Mint, headquarters of the Australian College of
Physicians, the Reserve Bank and the State Library of New
South Wales. As you keep walking north along Macquarie St
can turn into the Royal Botanic Gardens and view the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music, then cross across the gardens and
walk along the harbor front up to Government House. You are
now on Bennelong Point and directly in front of you is the most
iconic of all Sydney's buildings, the Sydney Opera House.

Marble terrazzo floors of St Mary's Cathedral

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