Liverpool, United Kingdom - November 05, 2017: Front view of the Roman Catholic Cathedral with stained glass panels at the base of the steps in the foreground, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK, Western Europe.

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King


Known colloquially as Paddy's Wigwam, Liverpool's Catholic cathedral is a mightily impressive modern building that looks like a soaring concrete teepee, hence its nickname. It was completed in 1967 according to the design of Sir Frederick Gibberd after the original plans by Sir Edwin Lutyens, whose crypt is inside. The central tower frames the world's largest stained-glass window, created by John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens.

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Nearby Liverpool attractions

1. Lutyens Crypt

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Beneath the Catholic cathedral is a huge crypt designed by Edwin Lutyens for an immense neo-Romanesque cathedral that was never built. The original design…

2. St George's Hall

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Liverpool's most impressive building is the Grade I–listed St George's Hall, a magnificent example of neoclassical architecture that is as imposing today…

3. Liverpool Cathedral

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Britain's largest church, this magnificent neo-Gothic building is also the world's largest Anglican cathedral. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott …

4. World Museum

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Natural history, science and technology are the themes of the oldest museum in town, which opened in 1853. Its exhibits range from live bugs to human…

5. Walker Art Gallery

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The city's foremost art gallery is the national gallery for northern England, housing an outstanding collection of art from the 14th to the 21st centuries…

6. Western Approaches Museum

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Between 7 February 1941 and 15 August 1945 the secret command centre for the Battle of the Atlantic was in the basement rooms of Derby House. Known as…

7. Merseyside Maritime Museum

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The story of one of the world's great ports is the theme of this excellent museum and, believe us, it's a graphic and compelling page-turner. One of the…

8. International Slavery Museum

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Museums are, by their very nature, like a still of the past, but the extraordinary International Slavery Museum resonates very much in the present. It…