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    Coventry Cathedral

    by cheekymarieh Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    The modern cathedral of the city was built to replace the old fourteenth century St Michael's Cathedral that was destroyed during World War 2 on the 14th November 1940.

    The new cathedral was built by Basil Spence.

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    New Concert Venue

    by Pete.Gibson Written Jul 8, 2006

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    Watch Out!!

    Coventry now has a brand new concert venue which can match the best in the UK, the Ricoh Arena home of Coventry City, This last month has seen both Bon Jovi and The Red Hot Chilli pepppers perform here

    Bon Jovi, with over 40000 fans in the staduim, what a night

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    The first totally modern cathedral

    by unexplored Updated Apr 10, 2006

    As an armaments centre, Coventry was a prime target for German bombing raids in WWII and in 1940 the medieval cathedral in the city centre was hit.
    After the war, the ruins were left as a reminder and are now a place of contemplation and the venue for Mystery Plays held every two years as a symbol of reconciliation.
    The new St Michael's Cathedral designed by Sir Basel Spence was bult beside it.
    The broad steps leading to the entrance are guarded by a striking bronze figure by Sir Joseph Epstein of St Michael triumphing over the devil.
    Inside is Graham Sutherland's tapestry showing Christ in Glory above the altar. The Baptistry is dominated by a window with impressive abstract stained glass, the work of John Piper and there is a font consisting of a rugged boulder brought from Bethlehem. The small Chapel of Gethsemane is protected by a screen in the form of the crown of thorns, designed by Spence himself.

    There is no charge for admission, but the cathedral does rely on visitor donations.

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    Lady Godiva

    by nhcram Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    The statue of Lady Godiva is in Broadgate in the centre of Coventry. It is a popular meeting place for locals.
    it was unveiled in 1949 and is one of the few equestrian statues outside London to be listed

    Lady Godiva statue

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    Holy Trinity Church

    by Pete.Gibson Updated Mar 1, 2006

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    This beautiful church one of the largest medieval parish churches in England was lucky to escape the wartime bombing, although it did lose most of its stained glass windows, It was originally built between 1200-1400 from red sandstone, the spire is defiantly not original it was built in 1667 after the older one collapsed during a storm in 1665, killing a young boy in the process, the spire is237ft high, It has recently undergone major repairs which where completed in 2001. The Church is also well known for the beautiful Doom or Last Judgement Painting which dates from c1420 , the present building stands on the site of a chapel built by monks from st marks in the 12th century

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    The Ruins of St Michael's Church

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 2, 2006

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    History buffs may recall the stark photos of the historic Church of St Michael, reduced to rubble by the bombs of the German Luftwaffe (air force) in November 1940. One photo shows Prime Minister Churchill walking through the remains of the church.

    By this time, the Germans had been forced to switch from daylight bombing to night bombing, due to heavy losses at the hands of the Royal Air Force. Night bombing was far less accurate; it was only possible to get the bombers over a general area, such as a city. This resulted in massive carpet bombing, with huge collateral damage, and often little effect on military targets. Later, the RAF did the same thing to German cities.

    The rubble was later cleared out, but the rest of the church was left as a ruin. Today, it stands as a warning of the horrors of war. It's a dramatic, poignant reminder of what earlier generations endured.

    Ruins of the Church of St Michael The church spire, which survived the bombing The ruins of the nave The altar, devoted to reconciliation Another view
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    The War Memorial

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 25, 2005

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    Built in 1927 and approx 90 foot high the Memorial was designed by the architect Tickner and was made from Portland stone, Inside it houses a room called the chamber of silence and once a year on remembrance Sunday its open to the public to view “The roll of the Fallen “ listing all the Coventry men who have died during the two world wars

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    Millennium Bridge

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 25, 2005

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    To me this spectacular piece of engineering reflects Coventry’s engineering heritage, its formed from a tubular spine with radiating coloured glass fins, it starts in millennium place and curves round over Lady Herbert’s gardens and the old city walls

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    Whittle Arch

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 25, 2005

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    Paying tribute to the inventor of the jet engine Sir Frank Whittle who was born in Coventry this Magnificent arch is formed from two aerofoil sections covered with perforated stainless steel sheeting, its internally lit so looks spectacular at night

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    The Council House

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 25, 2005

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    Built in the early 20th century to a Tudor designs, building started in 1913 but due to the First World War wasn’t completed until 1917
    Above the central main doorway is a carved and painted coat of arms, but the three large statues Leofric, Godiva and Justice overshadow this. Another interesting feature is the Clock, which was designed by Edward Garrett and H.W Simister

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    St Marys Guildhall

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 24, 2005

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    The view of the Guildhall from the outside is deceptive. At first sight, it could be dismissed as just another medieval building. The stature of the place is not immediately obvious and it would be easy to walk past the semi-concealed courtyard and not give a second glance.
    However, as you enter the well preserved courtyard, you begin to sense a certain air of importance about this place.
    A plaque mounted on the outside wall, gives you a breif history, It was built between 1340-1364 and fully restored in 1824 and parts of a 12 century castle are suposed to by in the south wall
    It was originaly a guild hall for the merchants of st Marys and Holy Trinity 1340-1364
    Mayor J Ward was elected here in 1346 and the Marorial line dates to the present day unbroken

    Back wall st marys courtyard
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    Bronze Statues

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 24, 2005

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    As you approach Coventry Cathedral, you are overlooked by the rather imposing bronze statues of St. Michael and the Devil on the southern end of the east wall. (Ecclesiastically speaking, the west end of the south wall.) It was sculpted by Sir Jacob Epstein who sadly died in 1959 and therefore didn't live to see his masterpiece mounted on the cathedral wall a year later.

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    The New Cathedral

    by Pete.Gibson Written Nov 24, 2005

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    the decision to build the New Cathedral was made only the day after the old one was destroyed in the blitz. However, Dick Howard the Provost of St. Michael's at that time, did not have retribution in mind. His vision was that the new church would be a sign of faith in humanity and for peace in our future.
    A competition open to any architect from the British Commonwealth was held to find the most suitable design for the replacement cathedral.

    Sir Basil Spence
    was the clear winner and his design has been the subject of much controversy over the years due to its unorthodox style. His cathedral was a radical new approach and a complete break away from traditional style cathedrals. In choosing Mr. Spence, the panel had found a man of great vision who was now able to fulfil his dream. As early as 1944 when serving as a Captain on the Normandy beaches, his answer to a friend who enquired as to his ambitions, was that he wished "To build a cathedral".

    The Old reflected in the New
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    St Michaels Cathedral

    by Pete.Gibson Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    "The Old Cathedral" was formerly the parish church of St. Michael. The present structure dates from the 1300's to 1400's but originally a smaller Norman chapel stood on the site around 1138 during the reign of King Stephen.
    This all changed on the night of the 14th November ....
    At around 7:10pm the air-raid siren sounded just as it had done on many occasions that year. Little did the people of Coventry suspect that this was about to become the most prolonged and devastating attack on any city in the history of warfare to date.
    In the Morning all that was left was the outer walls
    Coventry Cathedral.

    To walk from the ruins of the old Cathedral into the splendour of the new is to walk from Good Friday to Easter, from the ravages of human self-destruction to the glorious hope of resurrection. Your heart is lifted, your spirit is renewed and you feel there is hope for the world Thanks to gods mercy, reconciliation is possible.

    The words of John Irvine
    The dean of Coventry Cathedral

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    A Slice of our Heritage

    by Pete.Gibson Updated Nov 24, 2005

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    Coventry Transport Museum

    A great place to see some of the historical cars which started their lives in Coventry, they also have a large collection of motor bikes and bicycles,
    I personaly loved the 50s and 60s cars , a few samples shown here

    FREE ADMISSION
    Open all year round (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

    Museum Open: 10am - 5pm - (last admission to the Museum is 4.30pm

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