The building that looks like a rocket which is ready to take off is Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral. Located on a hill, similar to Liverpool Cathedral, it is also visible from most parts of the city. Built from 1962 to 1967, the cathedral serves as the mother church for Liverpool's Catholic population. There's a large Catholic community due to Irish immigration in the last two centuries. Almost 2/3 of Liverpudlians are said to have an Irish background.
Well, back to the Cathedral. As the building looks like a rocket from the outside, I was curious what would await me inside. It's a large circular room with coloured windows that scarcely light the church. There's space for 2300 worshipers who sit on chairs in the middle of the room, surrounding the altar. Everything looks rather cold and functional, an impression that is underlined by the giant dimensions of the cathedral. I didn't really like the church - but others from our group were quite impressed.
Open from 8am to 6pm.
While the above mentioned cathedral truly is impressive, the view from its tower is even better! Get a ticket for the tower in the souvenir shop inside Liverpool Cathedral, walk across the room, take the lifts, walk up 108 steps and be prepared for the most marvellous views on Liverpool. The spacious tower top allows views in all directions - towards the city centre, towards the Mersey and in the distance the sea, towards the Welsh mountains and much more. It's really stunning to see giant Albert Dock in the distance, looking like a toy model of the original, or to watch the roofs of typical English houses or to follow the moves of tiny little dots in the streets that are actually cars...
One warning should not be forgotten here: It is terribly windy up there! Keep a firm grip on your cameras, hats or scarfs!
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First, take a look at the picture of Liverpool Cathedral next to the tip. Second, guess how old it is. Third, shake your head astonished when you find out that Queen Elizabeth II opened it only in 1978!
Well, this makes Liverpool Cathedral only one year older than me!
The massive building that looks more like a castle than a cathedral from the outside is the largest cathedral of England, despite its young age. Inside, your view immediately wanders towards the dome ceiling that is incredibly high above you. You could probably fly a small plane inside the church, but I guess they wouldn't allow it... Looking around, you recognize that it is a sort of neo-gothic building with quite many small details. If you are interested in learning more, check out the Liverpool Cathedral official website.
The cathedral staff is very helpful and nice as well and they will try to answer all of your questions. There's also a cafe and a souvenir shop inside the cathedral.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is a must see when in Liverpool, on my most recent visit, I learned that it is only just over 100 years old. It looks like it's been there forever. So impressive, both inside and out. The massive main hall and other rooms are so well built and are a photographers dream. They have regular services here and the timetable is on the website (see below). Admission is free but a recommeded donation of £3 is most welcome. Plenty of toilets inside and they also have a restaurant and shop.
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.