St Mary's Cathedral

Sunday 20th December 2015

 

We walked on down Macquarie Street and came across this chap – Il Porcellino – a bronze wild boar, outside the Sydney Hospital.  It is a replica of an original by Pietro Battiste Tacca which has stood in the straw market in Florence, Italy, since 1547.  The inscription says that if you drop a coin in the fountain and rub his nose, you will have good luck, and the hospital will benefit from your donation.

 

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Il Pocellino – a bronze wild boar.                                               Now for some good luck – fingers crossed!

 

Further down Macquarie Street as we approached Hyde Park, the spires of St Mary’s Cathedral appeared above the trees, and then the whole beautiful building appeared across the gardens.

 

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The spires of St Mary’s Cathedral above the trees.                                            The Cathedral seen from Hyde Park.

 

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The Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park.                                                                     The front of St Mary’s Cathedral.

 

We crossed the road to see if the Cathedral was open to visitors, to have a look inside, and found that a Carol service was soon to start, so decided to stay.

 

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The Cathedral is beautiful inside.                                                                              The choir leads out at the end of the service.