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"St. Paul?s: The most important Anglican Cathedral" Top 5 Page for this destination Wellington Off The Beaten Path Tip by Kakapo2

Wellington Off The Beaten Path: 32 reviews and 43 photos

  St. Paul's features pink highrise towers.
by Kakapo2

Wellington’s most important Anglican cathedral is the (new) Cathedral of St. Paul, with modern stained glass windows, and the Lady Chapel, built from rimu wood. It is not far away from Old St. Paul’s and Parliament, at the corner of Molesworth and Hill Streets.

It is open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Sunday services 8am, 10am, 5pm.

This is a modern church which could not be more different to Old St. Paul’s. With very few exceptions, I am no big fan of modern churches, and the exterior of this pink monster does not do anything for me. It looks a bit like Manhattan for the poor. If there was no holy cross on each of the two differently shaped and high towers you would not think those blocks are home of a church, and even an important cathedral. More like two attempts of building the sister towers of Christchurch’s hotel Grand Chancellor.

Queen Elizabeth II lay the foundation stone in 1954 but the construction was only fully completed in 1998. However, already in 1964 it took over the ecclesiastical function from the now Old St. Paul’s Cathedral. They call the slightly kitschy style of the new cathedral a mixture of Byzantine and Santa Fé. It was designed by Cecil Wood from Christchurch.

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2008
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