St Mary of the Angels, Geelong

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St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, formerly St. Mary's Church, is a basilica located in Yarra Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.Since the completion of the Gothic revival bluestone building in 1937, St. Mary of the Angels has had the tallest bluestone spire in Australia, at, and has the fourth-tallest non-cathedral spire in Australia. In 2004 it became Australia's fifth basilica, after gaining Vatican approval for the change of description.It is the tallest building in Geelong, with a total height of from the pavement, and is a major landmark in the city.HistoryThe first St. Mary's church was a small wooden chapel in Yarra Street, opened on 27 November 1842. The congregation quickly outgrew the chapel and a stone replacement was constructed in 1846.The optimism the Victorian gold rush brought to Geelong led to plans for a cathedral-like landmark church for the city. The architects were Messrs Dowden and the foundation stone was laid in 1854.However, as Geelong's boom slowed, work ceased two years later, leaving Geelong with an incomplete landmark for over a decade.Construction was revived in 1871 when Archdeacon R. S. Downing contracted builder Clement Nash to continue works, which ceased in 1872.Work on the spire did not commence until 1931 and was completed by June 1937.ArchitectureThe phosphor bronze cross at the top of the spire was cast by Evans & Co. in 1935, and is high,.Further readingMorrow, W.J. A chronological survey of Geelong in 1870, Investigator (Geelong Historical Society nagazine), February 1970, p. 10
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  • St Mary of the Angels Basilica on Yarra Street is an impressive major landmark in the city. The stone building is hard to miss due to it being the tallest in the city. The interior is equally impressi...  more »
  • On a small hilltop overlooking the city of Geelong is the grand blue stone Basilica of St Mary of the Angels.Among its outstanding features is the tallest blue stone spire in Australia. St Mary's is p...  more »
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