Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, to give it its full title, affectionately referred to as "Paddy's Wigwam", is Liverpool's Roman Catholic Cathedral. It sits at one end of Hope Street facing the Anglican Cathedral at the other end of Hope Street, 0.75 km apart.

The cathedral stands on top of the finished crypt of the original Luytens design, the rest of which was never completed due to World War II and the subsequent financial constraints. The current building was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and work commenced in October 1962, and the cathedral was consecrated on 14th May 1967. This is one of the cathedrals referred to in the line "If you want a cathedral,
we've got one to spare" of Pete McGovern's song "In My Liverpool Home", although he does not specify which is the "spare" one; but he was Catholic.
The modern design is in stark contrast to the Neo-gothic Anglican Cathedral's red sandstone structure which was still not fully completed when the "New" cathedral was opened.

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Taken: 01/09/2006
Uploaded: 21/11/2010
Updated: 20/08/2014


Tags: liverpool; cathedral; catholic; merseyside; religion; architecture; paddy's wigwam; hope street; brownlow hill
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