Saint Andrew’s Cathedral

Saint Andrew’s Cathedral


Introduction :

On my previous walk around I went many times near the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral. Today is a beautiful day with a bright sunshine, the opportunity is wonderful. I am going to take the MRT red line out at City Hall.


Location of Saint Andrew’s Cathedrale :



This Cathedral is the largest in the country and is attached to the Anglican diocese of Singapore. Near City Hall, in the city center and close to the business district, it is remarkably surrounded by a lovely little park wooded and full of greenery. This also makes it difficult to take the whole building without an excessively obstructed view by these beautiful trees.


Saint Andrew Cathedral - extérieur principal



 History of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral :

As well tell you, the history of this cathedral is intimately tied to Singapore’s post colonization. So let’s look at it more closely:
From 1835 to 1836, a first church was built.
In 1842, a second is build using more building materials in order to make it more spacious. However, violent lightnings will fall on the tower in 1845 and 1849, quickly spreading the general feeling that the spirits refuse this building.
So from 1856 to 1861 is built the cathedral that can be seen now which has over 150 years. It was consecrated in 1862.
In 1942 it will be used as a war hospital just before the Japanese occupation.
Over the years, significant additions have been made to welcome ever more faithful believers.
In 1972, Singapore nominate the Cathedral as a national monument.


Saint Andrew Cathedral - extérieur secondaire



 Architecture of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral :

From an architectural standpoint, it is Neo-Gothic style. The architect said he was inspired by the Netley Abbaye, located in Hampshire in England, dating from the thirteenth century.
His dimensions of 68,58m long for 35.5m wide makes it an impressive place. However, modern Singapore with its skyscrapers which flirt with the clouds, makes it much less impressive.
The inside is particularly bright because it has many windows and stained glasses.


My visit of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral :

If no artificial light is necessary, we can still see that many fans have been installed, reminding us that Singapore is essentially a place with a dense and moist heat all year round. For a Westerner like me where the word cathedral is often synonymous with freshness, it’s pretty interesting to see a stereotype collapse.
You will also notice the addition of supernumerary loudspeakers and television screens so that everyone can enjoy the same way the mass without missing anything.


Saint Andrew Cathedral - Allée centrale



Because I talk about every time, I show you the organ that is quite correct. Furthermore, this allows you to get an idea of the maintenance that is done to keep a 150 years building as clean and impeccable.


Saint Andrew Cathedral - Orgues



There are several curiosities” inside I want to talk to you because they caught my attention by their unusual character.
Often (but less and less) books for psalms are distributed at the entrance. Here, the matter is different. A set of 4 or 5 books is present at each place. The parishioners are certainly very pious!
Another element that strikes me is that on many windows, seats, columns and pieces of wall, there are memorials and dedications to people who devoted much energy or effort or who have given their lives for Singapore in general or for the cathedral in particular.


Saint Andrew Cathedral - Banc



My conclusion about Saint Andrew’s Cathedral :

That’s it, the visite of the cathedral already ends. It was a pleasant time. Without being fresh it is at least sheltered from the sun and cruel murderous malls air conditioning.
This cathedral will most probably be on your way while visiting Singapore, so do not hesitate to get in (from the side).