The Cathedrals of Liverpool

One of the things I didn’t realise about Liverpool before going there was that it has not one, but two cathedrals.  

There’s the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at one end of the aptly named Hope Street, known locally as Paddy’s Wigwam or the Mersey Funnel.  This cathedral is also rare in that it has a car park built underneath it, very convenient for worshippers.  You’ll find a couple of photos of this cathedral below in which you’ll see its unique style.

At the other end of Hope Street, there’s the more traditional Liverpool Cathedral which is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.  It was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, famous for designing the iconic red telephone box (you’ll even find one inside the cathedral!).

One of the highlights of my weekend was a trip to the top of the tower at the Liverpool Cathedral.  Public access to such vantage points are rare, so for a small fee I took the two separate lifts and climbed the 108 stairs to the top. It’s not for the less-abled or anyone scared of heights!  But the views are spectacular, as you’ll see below.  I’d love to return to do one of the Twilight Tower events – sunsets from the tower must be incredible.

Both of the cathedrals are so unique that they really add to the character of the Liverpool skyline.

This is the second of three posts about a recent trip to Liverpool – you can see the previous post about Shiverpool here.

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