Changing Circumstances – Old St Paul’s Cathedral
For visitors interested in historic Wellington there are many buildings and other sites that date back to the time of its original European settlers. Several pleasant walking routes and heritage tours in the historic districts of Wellington are available that provide an interesting historical experience.
Foremost among the historical sites, is the first Anglican cathedral located in the historic Thorndon district of Wellington city; Old St Paul’s was built in the Gothic revival style popular in the 19th century and is one of the few examples of the genre in existence. What is special about the building is its soaring interior constructed entirely out of New Zealand timber, the beauty of which is enhanced by windows depicting biblical stories in shinning colours.
Adding to the historic vibe are the ensigns hung in the nave of the church of the Royal Navy, the New Zealand Merchant Navy and the second Division of the US Marine Corps dating back to World War Two. A touch of solemnity is added by the many memorial plaques dedicated to those who perished in World War One embedded in the columns and walls. A guided tour is the best way to hear the interesting stories associated with this old cathedral and the significance of some of its features which are inextricably linked with the history of Wellington and the country itself.
After the Diocese of Wellington was moved across the street to the new St Paul’s Cathedral in 1964, plans to demolish this historic landmark were thwarted when the New Zealand Government purchased it in 1967 and restored the cathedral. Although not a religious institution any more, the old cathedral is still very much a part of the social life of the city being a popular venue for social occasions such as weddings, concerts and other celebrations.
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