Churches are monuments of great cultural and historical significance. Regardless of whether or not you ascribe to its religion, there is no denying the aesthetic appeal of these buildings, and the role they play in shaping the communities around them.
Western Australia is home to many beautiful churches and cathedrals of all denominations, both in the city and in surrounding areas. These are all worth checking out, especially if you're a photographer with a keen eye for architecture, or are a happy couple looking for a picture perfect place to tie the knot.
(A quick disclaimer to say that these were all chosen based only on aesthetic appeal.)
Also called the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. This building was completed in 2005, and so exhibits several more modern architectural designs, but the majority of the building retains the original Norman Gothic style from its first construction phase in 1865. You can take a tour around the cathedral and down into the crypts, for a $5 donation, but otherwise entry is free.
St George's Cathedral. Image by Rosemary Dukelow, Flickr.
St George's Cathedral is the principal church of the Anglican Diocese of Perth. As with St Mary's, the architectural style of this church is heavily inspired by Gothic Revival movement that was popular in the 19th Century. It has amazing stained glass windows, and eight peals of bells that are associated with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers.
3. St Mary's Church 3 Yule Avenue, Middle Swan 6056, Western Australia Phone: (08) 9274 2661
St Mary's Church in Middle Swan is small and enchanting, with views of the area between Swan River and Jane Brook. It was designed with features typical of the Gothic Revival movement, and was consecrated in March 1869. Another notable feature of this church is the historic graveyard just outside. This church is only open by appointment, so call them to set up a time to view the church if you're not joining them for Holy Communion on Sunday mornings at 9.30am.
St Matthew's is located in the historic area of Guildford, and is a small, suburban church with a beautiful exterior. It is the oldest church in the Swan Parish, first built in 1836, and then consecrated as St Matthew's in 1860. All the stained glass windows are originals, except the St Matthew's Window; the pipe organ celebrates its 104th anniversary this year. You might want to give them a call to organise a time to view the church outside of Sunday services.
St Patrick's was the third Catholic community to be established in Western Australia, back in 1850, and is one of five minor basilicas in Australia. In a similar fashion to other churches built in the 19th Century, it was designed in the Gothic Revival style, with a tower, spire, and flying buttresses on the northern side.