St John’s Cathedral

This striking example of Gothic-Revival architecture was designed in 1889 and construction began 17 years later. St John’s has the distinction of being the last medieval construction project of its kind in the world. The original project ran out of funds and remained unfinished until, thanks to a recent injection of capital, was finally completed 120 years after it was originally conceived. It has the only fully stone-vaulted ceiling in Australia, as well as extensive woodcarvings by Queensland artists, 350-million-year-old fossiliferous marble and beautiful stained-glass windows. Next to the cathedral is the Deanery, built in 1850 and formerly the residence of Queensland’s first governor, Sir George Bowen. Free tours are conducted daily. 373 Ann St; (07) 3835 2231.

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