Despite its modern and cosmopolitan reputation, Melbourne is home to numerous examples of impressive older architecture, with the centrally-located St. Paul's Cathedral being one of the most striking. A stunning building constructed in typical Gothic style, the cathedral sits just across the road from major Melbourne hub of Flinders Street Station and serves as a wonderful part of the city's skyline. Constructed back in 1868 as a site of worship for members of the Catholic Archdiocese faith, the cathedral is both large and very well maintained, with a glorious interior that is mesmerising in its handcrafted beauty. One does not need to be religious to appreciate the craftsmanship on display here, as the lovingly crafted wooden pews and pylons and the beautiful stained glass windows that adorn the walls are objectively picturesque. This is a historic monument with immaculate gardens located in the rear, and provides a spiritual, relaxing and visually impressive escape from the hustle and bustle of the city - as well as welcome (and free) relief from the heat on a hot Summer day.