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Address: 34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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+64 4-473 6722
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Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred,...

Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's famous Old St Paul's, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places. Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people. Gaze at Old St Paul's unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture.

Visit the Gift and all-year-around Christmas Shop at Old St Paul's, which features exquisite gifts, NZ keepsakes and beautiful Christmas decorations, advent calendars and nativity scenes.There is something to suit every taste.

The site where Old St Paul's stands was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. For almost 100 years, Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. It remains a place of spiritual significance to many and also has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events.

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Most Beautiful Wooden Structure

What a true gem. A historical building and rightly so. It is a wonderful example of a timber (all local) Gothic Revival architecture anywhere in the world. It was... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a true gem. A historical building and rightly so. It is a wonderful example of a timber (all local) Gothic Revival architecture anywhere in the world. It was built/completed in 1866 and is really a classical gem. Make sure you get a pamphlet and do your own tour. You'll enjoy this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Most churches we normally visit are made of stone and brick. This one is different it's nearly all wood. Loved it. Amazing to look at for 15-30 mins. Well worth it.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

No longer an active church, it houses a multi media exhibit of its history and interaction with the Maori people Free admission, lots of beautiful stained glass and rich wood

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Make sure you go to OLD St Paul's as there is a new one close by. Amazing wood working inside particularly when you consider the quality of tools available at the time and the lack of modern scaffolding etc

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We chanced upon this treasure and were so glad to visit this ex-cathedral. It was nearly demolished when the new cathedral was built but it was saved by campaigning supporters and now only used for special occasions and visitors. The stained glass windows alone are worth seeing but learning about its history really sets the scene for earlier times in... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To think the church has had little or no damage during recent earthquakes. Have had two occasions to visit the church recently and it is looking magnificent. No doubt the army of volunteers who keep it in pristine condition should be congratulated. An amazing example of early NZ church

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful old church close to central Wellington. Many weddings held here so weekend visits often coincide with a crowd and well wishers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you like churches (and I do) you must visit here. Even if you dont like churches that much, this place is worth seeing. It is beautiful inside and the staff are really friendly. Definitely worth it.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the new modern large cathedral and then walk down a block to the old St. Paul's. Both are inspiring but in different ways. The old St. Paul's is a delight of the woodworkers trade and is beautifully presented and obviously well cared for.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history and building structure is fascinating and very absorbing. Old photos show how it was positioned when it was built without the modern building jungle around it.

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