St. Andrew’s Cathedral is Singapore’s largest Anglican church and is located at 11 St Andrew’s Road. There had been an earlier church on this site from 1836. This cathedral was built between 1856 and 1861 and consecrated as a cathedral in 1870. Its majestic facade with extended pinnacles and glossy white exterior makes this church one of the city’s most treasured works of architecture. Contrasted to the ultra-modern city, the cathedral stands as a reminder of Singapore’s colonial past. The architect, Colonel Ronald MacPherson (1817-69) designed it in a neo-Gothic style, as evidenced by its height and Gothic spire. He drew inspiration from the design of Netley Abbey, a ruined 13th-century church in Hampshire, England. This influence can be seen in the piers of the nave. The stained glass windows and altar inside are also notable. The cathedral choir is Singapore’s national institution.
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