If you want a cathedral we’ve got one to spare

No visit to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to both Cathedrals. They’re both modern – built in the 20th Century – but they couldn’t be more different.

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is affectionately known locally as Paddy’s Wigwam for obvious reasons!

Paddys Wigwam

Plans for its construction were initially a great deal more ambitious. Edward Lutyens had designed a behemoth of a building, but, due to lack of finance, only the crypt (built in granite from Penryn in Cornwall) was ever completed. A visit to this gives you an idea of the massive scale of the original design as does a visit to the Liverpool Museum which displays a scale model built from Lutyens plans. The crypt is still used for a wide variety of activities from church services through to beer festivals! It also houses a collection of embroidered vestments and sacred vessels.


The cathedral itself is a wonderful building, full of colour, space and light.




The stained glass in the lantern that tops the building is stunning.

Lantern2  Lantern1

The effect of the light shining onto the altar of this side chapel is truly spectacular.

AltarLightI couldn’t help but be glad that the more spectacular plans were not completed. The simplicity and beauty of the building as it stands is awe inspiring.

The Anglican Liverpool Cathedral was started at the beginning of the 20th Century and was built in a much more traditional style. It’s the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world.

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The Dulverton Bridge separates the Well of the Church from the Nave…..


….and provides a spectacular view. Up here there are headphones which play the choir setting up and singing, giving you an idea of the atmosphere that must be created during a sung evensong service.



The West window is stunningly beautiful and dwarfs the Tracy Emin installation below it which is the neon lit sentence ‘I felt you and I knew you loved me’ in her own hand writing.

WestWindowFromBelow      WestWindowFromAbove

WestWindowDetailVisiting the cathedral is free, but we paid the £4.50 to go to the top of the tower – an experience to be described in another post!

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2 Responses to If you want a cathedral we’ve got one to spare

  1. Pip says:

    We just shared this interesting post on our Visit Penryn facebook page. Always interesting to learn where all our Penryn granite has travelled over the years. 🙂

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