This one is a Roman Catholic cathederal - from the outside it doesn't have an ordinary catholic shape, however, inside it's beatiful, all the multicoloured glass let pass through the sun light and all inside is painted in so nice colourse, believe me, it's a nice expirience. Take a look to my second photograph.
Admission is free
The Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings I visited in England. It is the largest Anglican Cathedral and inside it's quite stunning, you will realized that the arch are big enough, and for instance you may think that there is a big empty inside for the big proportions it has.
I strongly recomend you visit the tower, it will give you a stunning view of the city at the top of this amazing buidling, prices are around 2.5 pounds.
If Cathedrals are your Thing - Then Liverpool has got a treat in store for you.
We have the Anglican Cathedral. where you get great views of the City and local area from the Top.
and we have the Catholic Cathedral known locally as Paddy's Wigwam... for obvious reasons... 'if you haven't got it yet....? its down to the shape.
The Catholics built in Liverpool not in an old style.
The Metropholitan Cathedral was built in the 1960s with a lot of modern materials. Not all of them was tested enough. So the Cathedral had to been renovated in the last years for 8 Mio. GBP. This was a good investment!
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Liverpool has two enormous cathedrals, one Anglican and the other Roman Catholic. The Catholic Cathedral (pictured) is an odd structure often called the 'wigwam.' Don't worry, there wasn't an earthquake...maybe it was windy when I took this photo? Originally the cathedral designs called for a structure to rival St Peters in size. The foundations were dug and then WWII started! Today the crypts host events like a superb annual beer festival each February.
The Anglican Cathedral by comparision is more traditional in appearance, but was only finished recently.
Liverpool Cathedral is only 100 years old but its life has seen many changes.
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece, is built on St. James’ Mount and is visible from miles around: “a visible witness for God in the midst of the great city”.
Visit this cathedral and immerse yourself in 100 years of history.
The Catholics of Liverpool were for a long time without Catholic diocese, being variously administered from Coventry, Lichfield and Chester. With the Irish Potato famine in the 1840's there was a rapid rise in the number of Catholics in the city.
After several aborted attempts (and I thought the Pope was against that !) the present Cathedral was completed during the 1960's on the foundations and Crypt of an earlier effort in the century that was meant to rival Gilbert Scott's Masterpiece (The Church of England Cathedral) at the other end of Hope street.
Due the Irish connection and it's striking design it is usually refered to, with typical scouse wit, as "Paddy's Wigwam".
Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral is a world record breaker. It holds the titles for the largest cathedral in the United Kingdom (2nd largest Anglican in the World) as well as having the highest gothic arches ever built and the largest church organ and heaviest ringing bells! So you can imagine this is a sight not to be missed.
You can see the huge scale of the Cathedral in my photograph on the left, if you compare it's height with the people standing just in front.
Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott (also the designer of the traditional British red telephone box), it's foundation stones were layed in 1904 by King George VII and wasn't to be completed until 1978.
Giles Gilbert Scott died before the cathedral was consecrated but as tribute to his input, he is depicted wearing a blue coat in the 'Layman's Window'.
Tours take place regularly, I'd recommend checking the Cathedral's websites for the very latest times.
The stunningly amazing Neo-Gothic architecture of the Liverpool Cathedral is something I cannot forget particularly the echos within the interior. You've got to whisper all the time, cos if you just talk as normal, you can almost be heard from one end to another. There is a graveyard beside the cathedral which was absolutely freaky, especially when your in just before it gets dark.
The Anglican Cathedral takes your breathe away (and I'm not even religious) - the atmosphere inside is really something.
Then a short walk away you find Paddy's Wigwam - the catholic cathedral - sorry to be irreverant but thats what the natives call it and it is pretty accurate isn't it! Definitely one to see.
The biggest church of its kind in the United Kingdom. This church dominates the Liverpool skyline, as seen from the River front. Take a tour weekdays and go up the tower for fantastic views of Liverpool.
Two wonderful pieces of church architecture, linked by a street called Hope, and a good example of ecumenicalism.
They really are 'Must see'. The Anglican Cathedral, (designed by a RC) is more traditional, but nonetheless awsome. Good gift shop and cafe too!
The RC one (the Metropolican Cathedral of Christ the King, known locally as 'Paddy's Wigwam') was designed in the main by an anglican! Shop and cafe not as good!
Well, if Sabs thought the Anglican was the ugliest cathedral in the world, her opinion changed when she saw the Catholic. She thought that's even worse, possibly the worst in the world. (That opinion changed later when I showed her the church in Bowburn, Co. Durham).
I like it - for a modern building it's not bad at all, and it's even better from inside (IMO - Sabs wouldn't even come in).
Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral holds a lot of records - largest anglican (ie non-catholic) cathedral in Europe, largest gothic arches ever built, heaviest ringing bells in the world, largest church organ in the world... Sabs would add to that "ugliest cathedral in the world".
Certainly it's not the most beautiful of cathedrals, being impressive mainly for it's sheer scale. I quite like the place, and as I recall the interior is quite nice and the views from the tower are worth the climb. We didn't go inside on this visit as time was against us.
Another attraction of the Anglican Cathedral is that the Western tower can be ascended for amazing views over Liverpool and the Wirral - even as far as North Wales.On the way down have a peep at the embroidery exhibition too for some wonderul needle work on the cathedral costumes.
There are two lifts plus 108 steps - its not too narrow on the staircase and its not difficuult to climb so go ahead and climb I promise you its worthwhile. More pics of the aerial views in the travelogue below - please look1