This is the Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle, New South Wales. I took this photo when we had a trip to the city two years ago. I only had a couple of shots of the cathedral because I run out of battery (compact camera, my very first) as I was snapping the inside of the cathedral, I didn’t bring any back up at all.
The cathedral is huge, and is very large by Australian standards. It is 72.5 metres long, 26.5 metres wide, 36.5 metres high and contains 160 windows, 72 of which are filled with stained glass. In relation to the City, the tower stands 77.5 metres above sea level and 38.5 metres above the ground. From this elevation, the Church dominates the City and is clearly seen by day and when floodlit by night, from much of the City.
By the way, Newcastle is 162 kilometres (101 mi) NNE of Sydney and is famous for its coal, is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009–10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013.
Just click the link above if you wish to know more about the cathedral’s rich history and diocese as well as its importance to the city of Newcastle.