Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral won the first place in the worldwide design competition. Besides, it represents the architecture of the second half of the XX century. Nowadays, its hall hosts the parish church and the chair of the Archbishop of Liverpool.
The history of building Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Back in 1853, Alexander Goss initiated the building of the church right on the spot where the cathedral is situated nowadays. According to the plan, the church must have been constructed in the Neo-gothic shape. Edward Welby Pugin, the son of the famous architect who had worked on creating Big Ben (another famous attraction in Great Britain) started developing the project.
When Anglicans erected the enormous Liverpool Cathedral, the Catholic community decided to start the construction of the temple which would yield neither to the size nor to the majesty of its “competitor”. It must have been a truly immense temple. Initially, the builders planned to construct the cathedral that would be the second in size in the whole world. Sir Edwin Lutyens, the competent architect was leading the project.
Lutyens’ project started to realize only in 1933. Unfortunately, World War II brought its own alterations into the architect’s plan. The project had to be put on ice during the military operations. However, when the war had come to the end, the debates flared up regarding the project. People began to say that the project is too ambitious and would require lots of funds. Thus, in order to economize, the project was declined. In 1959, a competition was announced to receive new suggestions from the architects. Frederick Gibberd’s project won the contest and the cathedral was founded in 1962. It took only 5 years to erect the sanctuary.
Peculiarities of the cathedral
The temple has a round shaped foundation which is not typical for such buildings as well as the conic form and the glassed-in top part. That’s why it had received an award in the worldwide design competition. The interior of the cathedral is also pretty amazing. Right in the middle of the hall, there’s an altar made of white marble. Such decorations as benches, stained-glass windows, crosses, and other details of the interior were designed and created precisely for the temple.
Important information for visitors
Address: Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ.
Working hours: daily from 7:30 to 18:00.
How to get to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral:
- Buses № 14, 82E and 86C run from the center of the city (Hanover Street stop) to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral;
- from the Queen Square bus station take buses № 79 or 61;
- take the City Sightseeing Bus Tour or the City Explorer Bus Tour and get off at the Metropolitan Cathedral bus stop.
Liverpool Cathedral is another significant representative of the religious architecture in the city which belong to a different diocese. It’s the biggest cathedral in England and the fifth in size in the whole world.