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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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Wonderful venue for a Wedding

In 2012 we were married at Old St Pauls. It is a beautiful venue for a wedding. We had a small wedding and the size and intimacy of Old St Pauls is great for a small party.

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In 2012 we were married at Old St Pauls. It is a beautiful venue for a wedding. We had a small wedding and the size and intimacy of Old St Pauls is great for a small party.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

beautifully crafted church built around 1885 in wellington, a favourite wedding venue of wellingtonians. concerts or christmas crafts depending on what time of the year. stunning glass windows. the church has its own bell ringers amazing church organ. it is a non denominational church handed over to the people of nz in the 1960's. New zealand is not a old... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Beautiful old church. Have attended a couple of christenings here, and it has been perfect for that. Close to town and easily accessible.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Highly recommend a visit to Old St Pauls. Its not just a beautiful building, but has a real feeling while inside..go and see for yourself.

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Brisbane, Queensland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a really peaceful atmosphere in this incredible building: you feel a million miles away from the big city outside. As a church it is pretty ordinary, but the completely wooden structure is an amazing feat that is awesome to admire. The display about the history of the church is very interesting and there are some beautiful church vestments... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely beautiful building, close to the National Library of New Zealand. It's constructed entirely of local timbers and is in its natural state inside (i.e. unpainted). It's still in use but was replaced by a much larger (and not as nice looking, to be charitable) building nearby. It had wonderful stained glass windows and had the US... More 

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is one of the most wonderful churches I've been in including cathedrals in Europe. The surprise for me was the fragrance of the local wood used to build the church.

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really worth a visit to gain an insight into the motivation of early settlers and their descendants. Then go and see the new cathedral.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St. Paul's is much more than a church. Most worthwhile is the gorgeous examples of native woods, the historic stained glass including the "public window" meant for contributions from non-wealthy citizens, and for Americans, the history of the Marines Flag that hangs in the vestibule. Be sure to watch the videos behind the altar of early Maori settlements in the... More 

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Great architecture. I did not realize the American connexion until I visited. Who knew? But very much worth knowing.

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