The heritage-listed St Paul's Cathedral in central Queensland has undergone massive repair works after being lashed by Cyclone Marcia almost two years ago.
"It came through and lifted up most of this roof, so there was substantial roof damage," Fr Lindsay Howie said.
"A man could have crawled through the space that it was lifted up, and came crashing down."
It cost more than $2 million to restore parts of the church, whose foundation stone was laid in 1897.
The bill to repair a large stained glass window that was close to shattering reached $200,000 alone.
The project has been funded by insurance money and by the local parish. "St Paul's Cathedral is a unique example of gothic architecture," Fr Howie said.
"You don't have to go across the world to see it, it's here in our own city and it's something that needs to be preserved because they will not be building the likes of this anywhere again.
It's a very pretty cathedral — it's not a huge cathedral, but it's a beautiful cathedral It's got lovely acoustics."