St James’ Church

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

Built from convict bricks, Sydney’s oldest church (1819) is another Francis Greenway extravaganza. It was originally designed as a courthouse, but the brief changed: ‘Hey Frank, we need an Anglican church!’ The cells became the crypt. Check out the dark-wood choir loft, the sparkling copper dome, the crypt shop and the cool stained-glass ‘Creation Window’ from renovations in the 1950s.

Free classical concerts happen at 1.15pm on Wednesdays between March and December. See the website or call for details on daily services.