Detail of Tympanum, St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide


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Detail of Tympanum, St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide


Adelaide, Anglican, Anglicanism, architecture, archivolt, Augustus Short (1802-1883), cathedral, church, church building, diocese of Adelaide, doorway, ecclesiastical building, Edward John Woods (1839-1916), gothic, gothic revival architecture, neo-gothic, North Adelaide, tympanum, SA, South Australia, St Peter, St Peter’s Cathedral, stone, tracery, Victorian Gothic style, William Butterfield (1814-1900)


A close-up view of the decorative blind tracery on the tympanum of the main entrance doorway at St Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia. Ornate and detailed tracery was a common feature of gothic architecture.

About St Peter’s Cathedral:

St Peter’s is an Anglican Cathedral located in North Adelaide. Plans for the Victorian Gothic style Cathedral, designed by English architect William Butterfield, were brought to South Australia by the first bishop of the Anglican diocese of Adelaide, Augustus Short, in 1848. They were enlarged and implemented by local architect Edward John Woods. The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on St Peter’s Day (29 June) in 1869, and building proceeded in five stages. The first section was completed in 1877, when the Cathedral officially opened for services. The nave was completed in 1901, the towers in 1902, the Lady Chapel in 1904 and the front steps in 1911. Restoration work on the Cathedral began in the 1990s. For more information, see:


Dorey, Margaret


3 July 2011


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