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Address: 34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred,...

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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A jewel - hidden away

Thisis an old wooden cathedral. Still used as a church but found to be too small so a 'new' cathedral was built. It has a wonderful wooden beamed interior with lovely stained... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Romford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Shows its age and the wood and stained glass is amazing. Once ur in takes 5 mins to see everything and then it gets boring, worth the but its a shot trip

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Thisis an old wooden cathedral. Still used as a church but found to be too small so a 'new' cathedral was built. It has a wonderful wooden beamed interior with lovely stained glass windows. In WWII US servicemen attended most Sundays as the local then fed them roast dinners. They left a USA flag which is on display and has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The wooden timbers creaked and the wind whistled and the history of long ago was all felt within the history of the church by standing in the isle. There were plenty of docents around the church to direct ones visit and to answer questions. At certain times of the year, the U.S. Marines march to the old church to pay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very unique and historic old church, made entirely of NZ wood. Be sure to look at the old altar cloths near the front of the church in the nave to the left. They are in a cabinet with pull-out drawers and are amazing to see. Anyone with a connection to the US Marine corps will also be interested in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing building. This church is a terrific part of our heritage and well worth the visit. We lost an hour here at least with ease. The construction, the beauty. It's not something to rush as there is so much to appreciate and the volunteers there are helpful and informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a walk down to Thorndon past Parliament Building to see this old 1860s native timber church. Still utterly gorgeous after all these years. Reminded me of being inside an old sailing vessel. Timber and lighting are magnificent. Parents-in-law married there many years ago. It has lots of history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another Wellington highlight was St, Paul's which is a beautiful old wooden church with fantastic stained glass windows. Gavin, our tour guide gave us a commentary on its use by American soldiers during WW2.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old wooden church with fantastic stained glass windows this was one of the stops on our tour of Wellington our tour guide gave us a commentary on its use by American soldiers during WW11

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This used to be the Wellington cathedral but is now not used as a working church. Beautifully restored and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this! Found the buttons sharing information of St Paul's captivating and spent a lot of time listening to the stories. Beautiful inside, and when we visited there was a quilt display which added to the character. Worth stopping by to hear the history.

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