Tuesday 15th March 2016 – 568.31 miles
Had a great day in Liverpool today. We went to see both cathedrals –
the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral and the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. What a contrast.
The Anglican Cathedral stands on a hill and dominates the skyline. As you approach it you are struck by the sheer mass of the building. Walk inside and your eyes are drawn upwards to the arches above.
It is the largest anglican Cathedral in Europe. We sat for a quiet moment and, because of the size of the building, the sound of people’s voices and movement seemed to become more of a vibration around us.
We paid to go up to the top of the tower. A combination of lifts and a staircase which took us past the bell tower.
We met a maintenance man who said that the weather conditions today meant that the view from the top would be perfect – and it was! We could see for miles.
On our way back down we got talking to Andreas who was a teacher from Germany. He taught English and was accompanying a party of German exchange students. We chatted for a while and gave him our website details.
The Embroidery room was a treat.
Such a large number of beautifully crafted pieces. The skill and craftsmanship that has gone into the cloaks, altar cloths and hangings is impressive.
We made our way to the Catholic Cathedral having worked out our route whilst up on the roof of the Anglican Cathedral.
Such a contrast in style and feel to the building.
A building of the sixties – modern, built in the round with beautiful contemporary stained glass, paintings and sculptures all around.
A totally different feel to the building but nevertheless a place of peace.
Anyway, we decided to have some lunch so we treated ourselves to some chips and a “barm cake” – a large white bap.
We then wandered over to The Welkin – a Wetherspoons pub where we each had a pint of beer. The duty manager John was very interested in our walk and took our photo for his noticeboard.
We walked on down towards the Mersey once more to take a look around the Liverpool Museum.
Another of the modern buildings on the Mersey waterfront. It tells the history of the life of the people in Liverpool from prehistory to the beginnings of the first dock and it’s growth to the huge city it is now.
It also tells the story of Liverpool at its height of prosperity and then through the years of gradual decline to the present day’s regeneration.
There is also a whole floor dedicated to the music and literature of Liverpool.
Well worth a visit – and free too!
One thing we did notice was that there is very little litter about. We saw a woman pick up a paper bag as she walked past. Looks like the Liverpudlians take a pride in and love their city.