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St Patrick's Basilica, Waimate
|Location||Waimate, South Canterbury|
|Website||St Patrick's Basilica, Waimate|
|Functional status||parish church|
|Architectural type||Palladian Revival|
|Designated:||25 October 1996|
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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