Standing at the foot of the UK’s largest place of worship, the only feeling that coursed through my veins was that of awe. The 331 ft monolith that is the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral gave me the sensation of something greater, and made me feel small and insignificant before I’d even set foot inside the fascinating house of faith.
Stepping inside the indescribable feeling increases in volume, and is truly a sensation you must experience to believe, you are met with stunning stained glass windows that are almost invisible from the outer shell of the Cathedral, and only show their true beauty from the inner interior. The building boasts the world’s highest and widest gothic arches and the UK’s largest organ that bellows during the sermons that still partake within its ageing walls.
View from outside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral, you do not feel the urge to rush, you take every step slowly and timidly like a well-orchestrated dance routine that must be truly observed to absorb its gravitas and complexity. The detail of the architecture has been modelled down to the smallest grain and will make you question the choices of today’s modern designers to abandon the minute fine-details.
Despite this, some aspects of the Cathedral are a bit wayward, in an attempt to seemingly drag itself into the modernised world they have installed a vibrant pink neon sign that reads: “I felt you and I know you loved me.” This looked more at home within Concert Square than a house of God. Although entrance to the Cathedral is free of charge, a fee is required to climb the steps to the top of the tower, where a breath-taking view of the Liverpool skyline awaits that is truly well worth the £5.50 fee.
The view from atop the Cathedral’s tower
The commercialisation within the Cathedral is also rather odd despite the necessity of having them within a tourism hotspot, the gift shop and café that live within its interior slightly takes away from the whole experience and feel of the place, but this can be ignored when your stomach begins to groan and you become thankful that the place of worship serves food.
Despite these minor inconveniences the Cathedral truly is a place to contemplate and philosophise and inspires thoughts within your mind about the big picture and your place within it. These feelings are rarely brought to light anywhere else in the UK, never mind the city meaning the Cathedral is a must visit for any Liverpool visitor.
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