St. Mary’s Basilica, Invercargill
I love strolling around our Southland towns, there is always something new to discover, even when you’ve been living here for a number of years now. Thankfully I enjoy walking to
o because that is simply the best way to explore our region. Southland is known for being laid back and reserved, and we are both as a region and as people – we live here for the quieter and relaxed way of life.
Tourists and visitors come to our region for the same reasons – even more so I think because a majority come from busy modern bustling large cities that don’t have the very things that we so often take for granted. Here we have no need to have instant and constant entertainment in the forms of theme parks and the biggest, newest, latest open all hours kind of stuff a busy city has, nope, we opt instead to head out on our bikes or on foot with kids and dogs in tow and head out to one of the many, many fabulous walking tracks, parks, secret secluded locations to launch a boat, a fishing rod, go for a swim or lay a picnic blanket. We head out for a quiet stroll around the block; pop into the corner diary where the clerks know us and scoot to the local pub for a quiet drink (or two) before walking home. There is a reason we live here, a vast majority of us have chosen to lay down roots here along with the Southlanders who were born here. Why wouldn’t we live here? We are lucky enough to have history and modern; sea; sand; snow and open beautiful spaces all around us. Our region is vast, varied and very beautiful – if you just slow down and take it all in.
I often do just that, consciously – I set aside time to slow down and look, often one block or small town at a time and one of Invercargill’s most recognizable buildings has to be the gorgeous St. Mary’s Basilica located on Tyne Street. The Catholic Church is right next to the equally famous Otepuni Gardens and was first opened in 1905. Designed by notable New Zealand architect Francis Petre, the Basilica is registered as a Category I Historic Place. The striking dome is 37m above the ground and has stained glass windows. The exterior is red brick with cream coloured arched windows, quoins and cornices. Sunday Mass is still held every week at 07.30am and 10.00am by Rev. Christopher O’Neill.
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(History info from www.heritage.org.nz).
[St Mary’s Catholic Basilica, Invercargill. McAllister, James, 1869-1952 :Negatives of Stratford and Taranaki district. Ref: 1/1-012807-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23088522]