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Sacred Heart Cathedral

.Scared Heart Cathedral
Main Entrance

This outstanding Gothic cathedral is the largest cathedral outside Melbourne and reputedly the last Early Gothic style cathedral built in the world.

It was designed by the architect W Tappin in 1887. Construction of this cathedral began in 1896 and continued until 1908 before lapsing through lack of funds until 1954 when work recommenced.
Main Isle
It was completed in 1977. Dominating the Bendigo skyline, it is built of Geelong sandstone and the tallest spire is 86.6 metres with the bronze cross at its apex weighing 3 tonnes and standing 7 metres.

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Australian blackwood was used to build the pews and Sicilian marble was used for the sanctuary walls.

The stained-glass window on the western wall was made in Birmingham. It is 21m long.

The eagle lectern was donated by George Lansell who also built Fortuna Villa.
 
Find it on the Corner of
High & Wattle Streets Bendigo


You can't miss it when you come into Bendigo!
Sacred Heart Cathedral Interior

Cathedral Bell
Though construction on the Cathedral itself was completed in 1977, the Cathedral's bells were only completed and delivered on September 13, 2001.

Molded from bronze in Annecy le Vieux, France, there are 5 bells in all, the largest of which weighs around 1 1/4 tons, and gradually work down in size, and weight from there.
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The bells themselves generate a traditional 'European Peal Sound', which is the usual deep 'dong' you hear from most large churches and cathedrals.
Bells blessed by the Cardinal.

The five bells were blessed by the Cardinal in a ceremony on September 16, and installed soon after in 1 day. They were rung for the first time officially on September 30, 2001 and can now be heard ringing regularly.


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