St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide

St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide

St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide

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St Peter's Cathedral is an Anglican Cathedral in the South Australian capital of Adelaide. It is the seat of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. The cathedral is situated on approximately one acre (4,000 m²) of land at the corner of Pennington Terrace and King William Road in the suburb of North Adelaide.

The south face has similar features to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, including an ornate rose window above the main entrance which depicts stories of South Australia and the Bible. The Cathedral is open from 9.30am until 4.00pm daily for private prayer, and free tours are conducted on Sundays at 2.30pm.

Foundation and construction

The See of Adelaide was constituted in June 1847. As there was no cathedral, Trinity Church on North Terrace was denoted as the pro tempore Cathedral Church. Augustus Short, first Bishop of Adelaide, held the first ordinations there on Saint Peter's feast day (29 June) in 1848. When Adelaide was surveyed, by Colonel William Light over a decade before, land in Victoria Square had been set aside for public use. Bishop Short obtained a land grant in the square from Governor Robe in March 1848; the grant was registered on 23 April 1851. By late 1849 a subscription was bringing in funds for construction of a cathedral on the now cleared site. Around this time the legality of the land grant began to be publicly questioned. It was...
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