Designed by architect William Wardell in the Gothic style of early 14th century, based on the great medieval cathedrals of England, and consecrated in 1897, the bluestone cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne was dedicated to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, because the Catholic community of the city was at the time almost entirely Irish. The plan is in the style of a Latin cross, consisting of a nave with side aisles, transepts with side aisles, a sanctuary with seven chapels, and sacristies. Although its 103.6m length is marginally shorter than that of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, St Patrick's has the distinction of being both the tallest (105m height) and, overall, the largest church building in Australia.
St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne - Wikipedia
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