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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and of Saint Mary His Mother is the parish church of the Thorndon Catholic parish and the Cathedral of the Archbishop of Wellington.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and of Saint Mary His Mother is the parish church of the Thorndon Catholic parish and the Cathedral of the Archbishop of Wellington. The original building from 1851 was gutted by fire, following which the present Palladian style building was erected in 1901. Designed by architect Francis Petre, the church lies on a classical basilica plan. The façade resembles a Greek or Roman temple, with a portico of ionic columns topped by a triangular pediment.
The interiors feature a central nave with a baptismal font in the cross-aisle near the tomb of Bishop Viard, and 2 side aisles lined with ionic pilasters. The entire area is covered by a wooden coffered ceiling. The Sanctuary features a large painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Enrico Refto above the Cathedra. Also of note are the Maori kohatu whakairo, and a large Oamaru stone sculpture of the Sacred Heart above the arch of the Sanctuary. The cloister courtyard has a 2 metre tall cast iron statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary made in France, while the piazza in front of the cathedral features a pou (carved wooden pole).
40 Hill St, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-496 1700
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