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St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Multi million dollar renovations see this Cathedral restored to its full beauty. Its architecture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
stefano523
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Geraldton, Australia
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Not to be missed!

The cathedral is superb and is such a tribute to its architect, Msgr Hawes, as well as to the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jillis2017
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Geraldton, Australia
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St Francis Xavier Cathedral is one of the most iconic buildings in Geraldton. Designed and built by the famous Architect/Priest Monsignor John Hawes, it attracts visitors from all over the world. A major restoration, conservation and enhancement...more
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Cathedral Avenue | Maitland St, Geraldton, Western Australia 6530, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Multi million dollar renovations see this Cathedral restored to its full beauty. Its architecture has strong Romanesque and Moorish influences, particularly inside which is somewhat of a surprise. One source recently listed it as one of the 3 best cathedrals in Australia and amongst the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cathedral is superb and is such a tribute to its architect, Msgr Hawes, as well as to the recent renovators and dedicated volunteers. Our guide today was charming, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. The museum is excellent but it would have been...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It was a pleasure to show you around. Excellent point re the gift shop - not only Msgr Hawes related gifts but also a lot of fantastic Christmas related gifts now available. Thank you for your enthusiasm and comments.

Reviewed 9 November 2018

When we entered the cathedral several women were putting the finishing touches to the remembrance day poppy display.They were hanging 7000 crocheted poppies made by people from all over the district & there was a giant one near the bell tower.One of the ladies finding...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Bob. The poppy display is still in the Cathedral until the end of November. So glad we were able to take you down to the crypt as well. Yes, the Cathedral and the Heritage Centre are certainly impressive.

Reviewed 4 November 2018

A peaceful place and the inside was even better! All the old wooden benches, baptism font that was glassed off, and the nice stained glass windows. The grounds were immaculate and there was even their own little cafe in another wing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Vivabrant
MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you VivaV. Peaceful, beautiful, surprising ... even a coffee down by the Heritage Centre.

Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

We revisited the Cathedral to see the completed restoration and were extremely impressed with the amazing work that has been done. A huge congratulations to Father Robert and all his tireless supporters, it’s a picture post card both day and night time, and a calming...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mrkhyland
MeredithW348, Guest Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your positive response. Indeed Father Robert and his tireless supporters have a great deal to be proud of ... the tour guides reflect that pride in showing people through the Cathedral and Crypt.

Reviewed 7 October 2018

We recently attended a wedding at this Cathedral. The cathedral appears restored and is a beautiful building. We had recently visited the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, the Mezquita, located in the Spanish region of Andalusia. This Geraldton Cathedral appeared to have hints of the Mezquita throughout....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Peta ... what a lovely response. We look forward to taking you through the Cathedral when you next visit Geraldton. Hawes' architecture was influenced by many buildings that he visited during his life. Have a look at the Duomo at Orvieto in Italy ... another...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

Another must see when visiting Geraldton. The tour guides on duty do a fantastic job and make the visit memorable.

Date of experience: September 2018
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MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Jay ... thank you for your kind words. Yes the tour guides are certainly enthusiastic and keen to share their pride in the cathedral. We are always delighted by visitors' amazement at what they see.

Reviewed 3 October 2018

If your in Geradlton catching the sights drop in and take a look at the place, built by Father Hawes (one of a couple I heard about) it’s an impressive construction for its time, there is also a museum to visit and a nice coffee...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Murray G
MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Murray ... thank you for your review. Your responses help to bring the Cathedral to the attention of other visitors to Geraldton. The tour and heritage museum guides are always delighted to provide information and to show you around.

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

The tour is led by a team of volunteers who explain the history of the building and its many features. It’s a lovely old restored building and very interesting rooms underground. Highly recommend this 2.5hr guided tour.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kevin ... you have demonstrated how much time can be spent in the Cathedral and Heritage Museum. So glad you enjoyed it. Cathedral tours are just an hour, but you can spend as much or as little time in the Heritage Museum as you like....More

Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This cathedral was most interesting in its design. The spectacular dome dominates the nave, which features lovely stained glass designs of the four evangelists. The sanctuary is is unusually colourful for a cathedral, with life size figures of saints and the holy family, and some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MeredithW348, Public Relations Manager at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thank you Calliope for your review and recommendation. During September there are tours every day at 2:30pm, apart from Friday when the tour is at 4:00pm.

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