About St Andrew's Cathedral
St Andrew's cathedral is Singapore’s largest cathedral is built in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Completed in 1861 and declared a National Monument in 1973, St Andrew’s Cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew, in honour of the Scots who funded it. The stained glass windows in the apse are dedicated to Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles; its second British Resident, John Crawfurd; and Straits Settlements Governor, Major-General William Butterworth. You can also find tablets commemorating victims of the 1915 Sepoy Mutiny in Singapore. Another really interesting fact is that the church was built by Hindu prisoners from India and the land was leased to the church by prominent Muslim trader, Syed Omar Aljunied. The land on which the cathedral stands was allocated by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1822 for the siting of an Anglican church, however, construction did not begin until funds were raised by the community in 1834.
The existing cathedral was designed in a Neo-Gothic architectural style, and was finished with Madras chunam. The architect is said to have drawn inspiration for aspects of the design from Netley Abbey, a ruined thirteenth century church in Hampshire, England. The piers of the nave of Saint Andrew's closely resemble the surviving piers at Netley.