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Basilica. Mary

One of the most famous and interesting sights of the new Zealand city of Invercargill (South island), which is definitely worth a visit is St. Mary's Basilica - an impressive Roman Catholic Church in the Victorian style, situated almost in the city centre on the Tyne street (near Otepuni gardens and School of St. Joseph). The Basilica is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, and also an important historical and architectural monument.

St. Mary's Basilica was built by the talented new Zealand architect Francis Peter - the author of such well-known buildings in New Zealand, as the Cathedral of the sacred Heart in Wellington, St. Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin, the Cathedral of the blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, St. Patrick's Basilica in Oamaru, etc. the First service was held in 1905, and in 1980 St. Mary's Basilica was inscribed on the List of historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand (Category 1).

Basilica of St. Mary is a cruciform structure (in the form of a Greek cross) with red brick, elegant arched Windows and cornices, decorated with cream-coloured stone (a stone of that color finished external corners of a building, in bright colours and decorated entrance to the Church) and a huge 37-foot dome, lined with copper. Equally impressive is the interior of the temple, bright colors which adds a luxurious stained glass Windows.

It should be noted that Invercargill St. Mary's Church is one of several temples New Zealand, which is called the "Basilica" solely because of the architectural features of the buildings and which do not have the status of "minor Basilica", which is assigned by the Pope.