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November 26, 2010
From journal A centre of worship - Church, Football and The Beatles
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 20, 2007
This is one of Liverpool's two Cathedrals and is the largest Cathedral in Britain. It was built between 1904 and 1978 based on the design of a young architect Giles Scott, who was was considered an unknown and who had little experience. His original design was elaborate Gothic-style cathedral but the design was altered with a more modern Gothic style being the result, and was built with local sandstone. The tower which is 100m tall contains the highest and heaviest bell peal in the world.
The church is quite beautiful - in fact its size is incredible, and the sense of space is immense. It is possible to climb the tower - well a fair amount of the journey up and down is made lifts and only the last section involves stairs. Entrance to the cathedral is free with donations encouraged, but there is a cost to climb the tower of £4. However, the views of Liverpool from the top are great and you can see many of the key Liverpool skyline landmarks, and also well beyond the city. You can also see the bells in the tower. Entrance to the tower also gives you access to the embroidery gallery which is full of church vestments that are intricately embroidered with detailed designs - but it also provides a different viewpoint to the cathedral.
As you enter the cathedral there is an information desk which is staffed by volunteers who will try and help you in your visit to the cathedral. There is a small shop in the cathedral and also two cafes - Mezzanine Café and the Refectory. We had coffee in the Mezzanine Cafe which had really delightful cakes, and was quite an impressive place to enjoy coffee while looking at the grandeur of the cathedral.
The cathedral is open daily from 8am to 6pm but the tower, cafes and shop have shorter opening hours. Details about the cathedral can be found on its website www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.
From journal Liverpool Day Tripping
April 12, 2004
The cathedral is not quite as old as other Anglican cathedrals in England; it was built in 1904. You can certainly see its more modern touches, but it adds to its uniqueness. It is reportedly the largest Anglican cathedral in England and has the largest working church organ in the world. Volunteer guides are available to lead tours around the building or you may take a leaflet, which gives a very good outline of what there is to see.
There is a large gift shop on the site. They sell Liverpool souvenirs and also general religious items for sale.
From journal Back to Beatle Roots
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
July 13, 2002
The cathedral was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed the classic British red phone booth. Its construction began in 1904 and the cathedral was consecrated in 1924, but its was finished only in the 1980's. I didn't find it especially beautiful, but it is a remarkable architectural landmark of Liverpool. The gardens around it are very beautiful.
Not far from it and connect to it by Hope Street (very appropriate!), there is a modern Catholic cathedral - the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King - which I found very ugly, though also very famous in Liverpool. For those interested, it is located next to the University campus.
A curious note: the Anglican cathedral was designed by a Catholic, while the Catholic Cathedral was designed by a Protestant.
Open from 8am to 6pm. Admission is free but contributions are welcome.
From journal Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! The Beatles and more
Subang Jaya, Malaysia
April 25, 2001
From journal Liverpool-A Compelling City