On Wednesday 28th August, year five attended St Mary’s Cathedral and Mary MacKillop Place in order to compliment the learning about the Early Church in Australia.
Below are some interesting facts about St Mary’s Cathedral.
- The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians.
- St Mary’s Cathedral was built with a gothic structure and there are 200 heads in the building.
- Two churches were destroyed in fires before the Cathedral was built.
- There are two large statues of Mary Magdalene and Jesus inside the Cathedral.
- There are many altars within the Cathedral.
- Priests used to say Mass with their backs to the congregation (the people attending Mass).
- There are beautiful stained glass windows that each depict a story.
- There is a large organ inside.
- It is made of sandstone which requires a lot of maintenance.
- The crypt can be found underneath the Cathedral. The bishops are buried in the crypt.
- Some people get married in the crypt.
- The floor of the crypt is decorated with the creation story.
Take a look at the photos below!
What did you enjoy about the excursion?
What did you learn about St Mary’s Cathedral and/or Mary MacKillop?