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Friday, 29 May 2015

The Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool



The Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool is the largest Catholic Cathedral in England. It took a long time to reach fruition but was finally consecrated in 1967. The circular Cathedral is surprisingly light and airy when you enter. I was also amazed that it could hold 3000 people as it doesn't look that large from the outside. It is now a familiar sight on the Liverpool skyline and is affectionately known as 'Paddy's Wigwam'
















The  blue stained glass windows flood the cathedral with light. The tower above the altar has large areas of stained glass designed by John Piper (who designed the windows in Coventry Cathedral) and Patrick Reyntiens.







The blue from the windows is reflected throughout the Cathedral.

Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

30 comments:

  1. How interesting! That's a very appropriate nickname, too. :-)

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  2. The blue is such a high tech colour. I am still laughing at Paddy's Wigwam.

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  3. from the outside, looks more like an art museum, eh?

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  4. Very impressive interior space in this church. The blue reflections are great.

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  5. Lovely night time reflection shots.

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  6. I like it inside more than outside.
    Colourful and pretty.

    Happy weekend!

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  8. All the blue is very dramatic and the architecture of the outside is interesting, but the modern churches don't inspire me like the old ones.

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  9. Wow, what a place! Love all the stained glass windows.

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  10. the blue light is very attractive :)

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  11. Fun shots indeed. Lovely colors inside. Could use also some outside here.

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  12. The lighting is amazing! Nice shots!

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  13. Paddy's Wigwam! What a brilliant name. I wondered a bit at first about Paddy, until I realised there is/was a huge amount of Irish (descendants) in Liverpool. Great shots.

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  14. I've only seen this from the outside. It's beautiful on the inside, isn't it. I love the lighting.

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  15. It's a bit like the cathedral in La Rochelle in France - a bit austere from the outside due to all of the concrete but unexpectedly beautiful on the inside.

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  16. That is a beautiful cathedral, and certainly much bigger inside than it looks from the outside.

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  17. I don't live far from Paddy's Wigwam but have been there. Thanks for the tour and your informational photographs. I'll try and get there soon.

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  18. I don't live far from Paddy's Wigwam but have been there. Thanks for the tour and your informational photographs. I'll try and get there soon.

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  19. Quite amazing...I love the design.

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  20. What a beautiful cathedral! I love the stained glass windows and I like the nickname Paddy's Wigwam! Wonderful photos and post.

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  21. A very different and midern cathederal. I love the light and would imagine the acoustics would be amazing.

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  22. No question that this is a remarkable building - if only all modern buildings had such a sense of light.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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