St. Patrick's Basilica, Fremantle


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St. Patrick's Basilica, Fremantle


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St Patrick’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church located in Fremantle, Western Australia. It was designed by Adelaide architect Michael Cavanagh and constructed from local limestone and Sydney freestone in a Federation Gothic style. Examples of its gothic features are the large decorated window above the main door, the tall vertical towers flanking the entrance, the pointed archways, the flying buttresses, and the ornate tracery decorating the windows, towers and tympanum. St Patrick’s was commissioned by Thomas Ryan OMI as a place of worship for Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who arrived in Fremantle in 1894 as missionaries. It was completed and consecrated in June 1900. A presbytery was also built on the site in 1916. The Vatican issued St Patrick’s with the status of a minor basilica in 1994.


McEwan, Joanne


4 February 2011


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