Below is a list of the top and leading Churches in Hobart. To help you find the best Churches located near you in Hobart, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
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Hobart’s Best Churches:
The top rated Churches in Hobart are:
- St David’s Cathedral
- St Joseph’s Catholic Church
- St Mary’s Cathedral
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St David’s Cathedral
Saint David’s Cathedral is the church of the Bishop of Tasmania’s episcopal chair (cathedra) and celebrates the good news of Jesus Christ to the diocese, the city and the state.
Built between 1868 and 1936 Saint David’s is widely regarded as the finest example outside England of the work of the leading Victorian architect, George F. Bodley.
In recent years the Cathedral has undergone restoration work with a new narthex, lighting scheme and restored stonework and floor. The Cathedral is open daily as a sanctuary and oasis for people who frequent the inner city on a daily basis and for many visitors from overseas and interstate.
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“Beautiful Cathedral with free self-guided tour. Incredibly serene and welcoming atmosphere.” – Melissa G.
St Joseph’s Catholic Church
St Joseph’s Catholic Church is the oldest Catholic Church in Hobart. The first Mass was celebrated on Christmas Day 1841. St Joseph’s Church was built in 1841 and opened and blessed by Father Therry early on Christmas morning 1841.
The church is built of local sandstone and was designed by James Thomson, a former convict. Convict labourers were employed to carry out the work. The tower, 60 feet high, was finished in 1843 and the church building has not changed greatly since. In 1856 the sanctuary was improved, small sacristies behind the altar and a choir gallery above were removed and the present sacristies were built on the side of the church. The side chapel was built in 1877 as a choir for the Sisters of Charity, who lived from 1847 to 1957 in what is now the presbytery. During the 1930s the side chapel was replaced by the present red brick chapel, built by Jack Dunne. A small sandstone building, which had been used as a Sunday school for some years, was demolished at this time. Extensive restoration has been carried out during the past thirty five years.
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“Beautiful and historical, a house of prayer and hope.” – Agnes Parr
St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart
St Mary’s Cathedral was the vision of the first Bishop of Hobart Town, Robert William Willson. Bishop Willson chose the design and spent years raising the funds. He was particularly inspired by his friend Augustus Welby Pugin, designer of the entire interiors of the British Houses of Parliament and father of the modern English Gothic Revival movement.
Opened in 1866, St Mary’s Cathedral is located in Harrington Street, Hobart, between Patrick and Brisbane Streets. Designed by William Wardell, one of Australia’s greatest nineteenth-century architects, it was completed except for its steeple between 1876 and 1898 to a modified design by Henry Hunter. Henry Hunter, Tasmania’s best known and most prolific architect, designed a great many landmarks across the State.
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“Such a beautiful Cathedral and a lovely Sunday service.” – Steve Kennedy