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St Patrick's Basilica
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St Patrick's Basilica, Waimate
44°43′51″S 171°03′05″E / 44.7308°S 171.0515°E / -44.7308; 171.0515Coordinates: 44°43′51″S 171°03′05″E / 44.7308°S 171.0515°E / -44.7308; 171.0515
Location Waimate, South Canterbury
Country New Zealand
Denomination Catholic
Website St Patrick's Basilica, Waimate
History
Founded 1874
Dedication St Patrick
Dedicated 1909
Architecture
Functional status parish church
Architect(s) Francis Petre
Architectural type Palladian Revival
Style Roman Renaissance
Groundbreaking 1908
Completed 1909
Administration
Parish St Patrick's
Diocese Christchurch
Province Wellington
Designated: 25 October 1996
Reference #: 7343

St Patrick's Basilica is a church in Waimate in New Zealand's Canterbury Region, known because of its style of architecture.

The church was built in 1908–1909, with the tower added in 1912. It is an Italianate-Romanesque style with an arcaded portico and the tower is impressively louvred.

The Basilica was built in brick and Oamaru stone to a design by Francis William Petre and has been described as his most original work. Three bells in the tower were cast in Belgium, with the largest bell weighing 3/4 of ton and the other two weighing 1/2 ton each. The tower at the top was built in 1912 and is 45ft high.

Inside the church, there is fine Hobday pipe organ, a marble altar and a notable sanctuary window.

The Basilica is listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Historic Place, Category 1.

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