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).
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
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.
Though the Cathedral is a little further away from the main sights along the Mersey, it is worth a detour. The Cathedral Church of Christ is a masterpiece of Neogothic architecture and designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott - the same guy who designed the iconic red phone box. Scott won the design competition together with George F. Bodley in 1903, but it was only after that that the diocese discovered that Scott was a Roman Catholic. When Bodley left the team in 1910, Scott changed the initial design. Still, budget problems and WWII delayed the construction of the Cathedral. Scott died in 1960 and did not see his work finished (he did however see the consecration of the first chapel, the Lady Chapel, in 1910). The cathedral was completed in 1978 and includes a monument dedicated to its architect just below the tower. It also has a red phone box on exhibition as well as a picture of Giles Gilbert Scott in a stained glass window. As a Roman Catholic however, he is buried outside of the Cathedral. His famous quote about the Cathedral says everything about its dimensions: " Don't look at my arches, look at my spaces."
The Cathedral is the second longest church in the world and the fifth largest Cathedral by volume. The tower is one of the highest non-spired church towers in the world. It houses one of the heaviest carillons, including "Great George", the second heaviest bell on the British Isles. Like medieval cathedrals, it also has an octagonal chapter house. This is rather used as a chapel than for clergy meetings.
Visit is free (donation suggested), there is a charge for audioguides and tower visits. The most important places to see are the choir, the Lady Chapel, the chapter house and the large dimensions of the main nave. Note also he bridge connecting the two sides.
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.
Liverpool's huge Anglican cathedral (the largest in the UK) can be found at the end of an uphill walk from the city centre via the Chinatown district. It's worth taking a walk up to see it as it truly is one of England's most impressive and atmospheric cathedrals.
I enjoyed walking around the cathedral and seeing the beautiful stained windows which were filtering the light on a particularly sunny and bright day. An organist was playing as I looked around which added to the atmosphere of this great building.
The highlight for me was visiting the more intimate setting of the Lady Chapel with its stunning window and altar. I had this space to myself when I visited so it was a really pleasant, calming and tranquil experience.
Donations are encouraged, although there is no set entrance fee unless you want to go up the tower or take a film or audio tour.
This modern cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool. The Catholic diocese was established in 1850, but there were several abortive attempts at a cathedral over the following century (involving designs by Pugin and Lutyens), before Frederick Gibberd's design was built in the 1960s. The circular space seats 2,300 people.
The concrete buttresses inside are adorned with a 'Way of the Cross' (14 stations depicting Christ's journey to Calvary) in bronze. I didn't have a chance to visit the cathedral crypt, but this is apparently the only part of Lutyens' design that was built and is very different from the upper cathedral.
The exterior of the building seems rather reminiscent of an Aztec or Mayan temple - you approach the building via broad steps and at the top are metal panels depicting stylised birds.
The cathedral is normally open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. There is no charge, but a donation towards the upkeep of the building is appreciated.
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.
This is the largest Anglican Cathedral in Europe with the largest church organ in the world (9765 pipes), the heaviest (31 tons!) ringing peals of bells in the world and highest gothic arches ever built...and so the superlatives go on.
Having had some friends visit me in Liverpool, they made me realise there is more than just pubs here!!!
For those interested in Architecture...the business part of the City Centre has an abundancy of beautiful buildings, if you are interested in Culture, The Museaum and St Georges Hall are a must....for music, of course the Beatles museaum at the Albert Docks (not to be missed!) and of course Matthew Street, home of The Cavern Club ...where the Beatles use to play.
Away from the City Centre, if you like football...well, of course the best team in the world is at Anfield....LIVERPOOL!! :-)
Aintree race course for the Gamblers, especially when it is Grand National day! And no trip to Liverpool would be complete without the obligatory 'Ferry cross the Mersey' trip!
Travel a few miles out of the City centre to Penny Lane, home of John Lennon (and me!!!) ....and a few miles up from there, the place that the rich Liverpudlians live (there are some!) Woolton, which still has the feel of a olde worlde type village....with of course homes that will make you envious!!! (In the Million pound price range!)
But my favorite place ....in the summer, is Sefton Park...an oasis in the City!!!! A bit like Central Park in New York!!!
Liverpool is a very up and coming city, attracting lots of new business and new people....it is moving forward into the 21st Century with a vengence....but what makes it unique to most Citys in the UK, are its people! The most friendliest....and funniest you will ever meet in the UK.
The divesity of this city....being interesting to all ages and types, makes it very appealing, no matter what you are looking for! But if you ever do visit the UK ...make sure you add Liverpool into your curriculum....you won't be sorry!!!
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 is much more traditional in style than the Catholic one, but is in fact not that much older.
The decision to build a cathedral was made in 1901 and after an open competition a design by Giles Gilbert Scott was chosen. The first stage of building (the Lady Chapel) was completed in 1910 but the cathedral was not finally completed until 1978.
It claims a number of records including:
The largest cathedral in the UK
The highest and heaviest peal of bells in the world
The highest and widest Gothic arches in the world
The cathedral is open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
On the northern side is a former quarry which became first the cemetery and is now a park.
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.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Driven by the new spirit of the second Vatican Council a world-wide competition was lauched. Frederick Gibberd won and this really inspiring place of worship was built between 1962 and 1967.
The foundation stone was laid by King Edward VII. in 1904 and in 1978 Queen Elisabeth II. attended the dedication of the West end, which meant the completion of the church.
For me this building is just far too hugh, empty and lacks some spiritual qualities, but do visit it and judge for yourself - I may be wrong.
When I visited the cathedral the tower was temporary closed, but it is said to have a nice view up there.