Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Captain James Cook / St Mary's Cathedral

The statue was erected to commemorate Captain Cook`s discovery of the east coast of Australia in 1770. The statue was erected by public subscription supplemented by government grants. In Sydney it was estimated that more than 60,000 people attended the unveiling and 12,000 joined the procession.

Monument characteristics :
A bronze statue of Captain James Cook on a column, holding a chart, his right hand upraised.

The Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians (colloquially,St Mary's Cathedral) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, currently Anthony Fisher OP. It is dedicated to the "Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians", Patroness of Australia and holds the title and dignity of a minor basilica, bestowed upon it by Pope Pius XI on 4 August 1932.
St Mary's has the greatest length of any church in Australia (although it is neither the tallest nor largest overall). is located on College Street in the heart of the City of Sydney where, despite the high-rise development of the Sydney central business district, its imposing structure and twin spires make it a landmark from every direction. In 2008, St Mary's Cathedral became the focus of World Youth Day 2008 and was visited by Pope Benedict XVI who consecrated the new forward altar.