Thursday, 14 April 2016

#42 - St Mary's Cathedral

This is just what you want to see when you're publicly reviewing a list of attractions - a religious icon.  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, I'd rather not find out, so I am going to remain suitably respectful in this review.  Not that I am ever anything but respectful.

St Mary's Cathedral from Hyde Park
St Mary's Catherdral is a large roman catholic cathedral, located just next to Hyde Park.  It is a very striking building, and looks very impressive from any angle.  I would describe it in words, but the pictures will give a better idea than anything I could say.  At the front, at least what I think is the front, there is a large paved area, and then some nice pools with fountains and things.  It is all very pretty, and the large paved area is even used for an ice skating rink in the winter.

Those blue inflatable balls look like fun
I'm not sure if it is open 24/7, but it always appeared to be open whenever we were going past.  Obviously, if there is a mass or wedding on, then it is not open for general sight seeing.  It has regular masses at 6.45am, 1.10pm and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.  Saturdays are 9am, 12pm and a 6pm vigil, while Sundays are 7am, 9am, 10.30am and 6pm.  Check the website if you are looking for mass though, as these times are subject to change.

Inside the cathedral
If you're not looking for mass, then you are welcome to enter the cathedral to view the building, or just stop for a bit of a pray, whenever there is nothing else on.  It is every bit as grand and spectacular from the inside as you would expect.  Lots of stained glass windows, giant organs, arches and pillars.  Even if you are not religious, it is a nice place to come in for a quiet look around, and maybe have a seat to engage in some quiet contemplation.  There is a shop as well, which sells various religious things.  There are also regular choral services, usually at 5pm and 5.30pm, but again, it's worth checking times beforehand.

Some very intricate stained glass windows
If you do go to visit, please try to be respectful (yeah, I know, listen to me).  Even during non-mass times, you should speak quietly, try to avoid flash photography and generally avoid disrupting the peace and quiet.

Do you have any additional information to share about St Mary's Cathedral?  Please leave a message in the comments below if so.

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