Life in Colour photo challenge 2021 – Green (3) – The Greenstone Cathedral

HeyJude (TravelWords) has us all searching for all things green, and my third and final green for March is all about a beautiful old Gothic cathedral I came across in 2016 in the city of Goulburn, New South Wales.

This cathedral was built using a variety of stone types, but the predominant one is greenstone which gives it the unique dark green colour. The cathedral was built 1871 – 1890, around the original 1843 church. Originally for the Archdiocese of Canberra, it is known today as the Saint’s Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral, and the cathedral and bishop’s house are both of cultural and architectural heritage significance under the National Trust of Australia.

The greenstone, diorite porphyrite, was locally acquired. The other assets of the cathedral include the stained glass windows, the pulpit and the Hill & Sons organ (c. 1890). The cathedral is significantly the only Greenstone Cathedral in the world.


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