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An imposing stone structure of decorated geometrical Gothic design, with twin towers above its main southern entrance, rises along the northeastern side of Hyde Park in the heart of Sydney. This is one of the more notable and historic Sydney churches, a Sydney landmark.

St Mary's Cathedral, whose foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Bede Polding in 1868, rises from the site of the first Sydney cathedral built earlier in the century but which had gone up in flames in 1865.

It is the mother church of Australian Catholicism.

St Mary's Cathedral lies in an area bounded by Hyde Park and the underground St James station in the west, government buildings in the north, The Domain in the northeast and east, and Cathedral Rd and Phillip Park in the south.