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Old St Paul's

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34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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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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34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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"wooden church"
in 91 reviews
"beautiful church"
in 56 reviews
"stained glass"
in 48 reviews
"native timbers"
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"christmas shop"
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"marine corps"
in 16 reviews
"gothic revival architecture"
in 12 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 10 reviews
"new zealand"
in 54 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 17 reviews
"woodwork"
in 37 reviews
"marines"
in 34 reviews
"history"
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"funeral"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we can only comment on the outside, where it looked rather nice. The term old of course refers to, that there is a new one as well. but being from Europe the church is not old at all

Thank hogsted
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful old church is absolutely stunning - whenever we have anyone in town visiting we take them. It's such a peaceful spot and a definite must see.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am generally not a church person but as we were here on a cruise ship tour I felt obliged to follow my wife and pretend I was interested, Well I didn't need to because this is a very interesting church. lots of beatiful timberwork...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old St Paul's Church is amazing, you have to see it to believe it. Photographs don't do it justice. There are volunteers to show you around and answer questions. Entry is free, donations more than welcome. There is also a gift shop.

Thank Bobbie R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A local New Zealander had told us to make sure we visited Old St Paul's while we were in Wellington, and our visit exceeded all expectations. The building is so old and unique that it is well worth a visit. Make sure you spend time...More

Thank Florida-Traveler-US
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has been my favourite attraction of Wellington. The woodwork inside the church is really stunning. The stained glass windows are beautiful and it is beautiful standing there when the sun lights up the church through those windows. Has to be on top of the...More

Thank heatherad_69
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful example of an old wooden church--obviously built by shipbuilders, as the ceiling resembles the hull of a ship turned upside down. Beautiful dark wood inside and white clapboard outside. Also some lovely stained glass windows. Definitely worth a stop in Wellington.

Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst we arrived a few moments before closing time, we were a little surprised to be ushered out so abruptly! However, the building is definitely worth visiting - before 5.00pm!

Thank therec2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is difficult to comprehend that over 150 years ago this beautiful old church was created without our modern technology from the hands of eight skilled carpenters. The outside of the church is so inviting but belies the enormity of the soaring wooden roof inside....More

Thank oztripperz
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A old church with very detailed, intricate woodwork in the ceiling structures. Range of stained glass windows. Typical smaller church (although would have been considered large for its time).

Thank Peter W
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jamesimorrison2000
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Response from susanht3 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. Suggest you google the church which should have information on its history
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