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St Stephen's Chapel

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt jennifermuirhead.wordpress.com/
Published September 17th 2012
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St Stephen's Chapel


This little stone chapel is the oldest church in Queensland still standing today. It was designed by the architect AWN Pugin, in the Gothic revival style. It was completed in 1850 and was used as a church up until the St Stephen's Cathedral opened next to it in 1874. The church was then briefly used as a school room, then fell into disrepair. It was painstakingly restored and reopened in 1999. It is now once again used as a place of worship for Liturgies and groups that require a smaller space than the Cathedral.

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The statue of St Mary MacKillop


In addition to a beautiful stained glass window depicting the story of St Stephen, the chapel also features a striking statue of St Mary Mackillop, who prayed and worshipped in the building during her lifetime. The statue is carved from camphor laurel wood which gives the space a very pleasant smell.

Tours of the Cathedral and the Chapel are conducted on Sundays at 9am, 11am and 1pm (after Mass) and on Wednesdays at 10.30am (after Mass). Tours are conducted by volunteer guides with a passion for architecture and the history of Brisbane.
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Why? The statue in this 162 year old Church is one of Brisbane's hidden treasures.
Phone: 07 3336 9111
Where: 249 Elizabeth st. Brisbane
Your Comment
St Stephens Cathedral has been on that site many, many years before 1974. I went to school at St Stephens in 1965 and my mother went to school there many many years before me and the Cathedral was there then and it had been for many years.
by mobso (score: 0|4) 2676 days ago
Wow. Imagine learning in such a place. Stained glass windows, lovely.
by Chrystal Byrne (score: 2|792) 2682 days ago
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