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Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

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Coventry Cathedral juxtaposes the ruins of its medieval church with a modern cathedral. The Nazi Luftwaffe mostly destroyed the 14th-century Gothic church during World War II, but the local community decided to leave what remained in place while building a new cathedral alongside it. In the sanctuary of the open-air cathedral ruins, view the replica of the charred beams that fell from the roof and landed in the shape of a cross during the bombing. In the new cathedral, admire stained-glass windows and the large tapestry of Christ. Climb the cathedral's tower, which is the third tallest in Britain, for views over Coventry and its surroundings, and visit the Blitz experience museum to view reconstructions of five rooms from the medieval cathedral as they appeared before the bombing. The new cathedral offers regular religious services, which you can attend free of charge. Plan to see Coventry Cathedral and other attractions that appeal to you using our Coventry trip builder.
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  • lovely atmospheric ruins, next time will visit the cathedral as was there for work so ran out of time.  more »
  • Last visited 40+ years ago but still found it to be a very special place, the stained glass , the tapestry in fact everything about both cathedrals is stunning.  more »
  • Where else can you go and see the effect of war on civilian society. As part of the German attack on the night of the 14th November 1940 during World War Two this cathedral was distroyed by fire incen...  more »
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  • A very interesting and informative visit and a knowledgeable guide. Well worth a visit. Excellent
  • Amazing. I visited Coventry when taking a break from my hometown, London and the first place I went was Coventry Cathedral. It wasn't as good as I expected- it was better! Such a shame the old cathedral was ruined during the Blitz. A brilliant piece of work, and I especially enjoyed the views of Coventry after climbing up it. The price was good, however it was worth it!
  • Coventrian history at its finest. The surrounding area is steeped in history too with many historical buildings including one of the oldest pubs in Coventry
  • § | The Ruined Cathedral Church of St. Michael ____________________________________________________ Dates from 1300AD. One of the largest parish churches in England, built originally for the Earl's half of Coventry, it became the cathedral of the Diocese of Coventry in 1918. The magnificent west tower and spire built 1374-1450 is 295 feet (90 metres) high. It dominates the city centre and survived the air raid of 14 November 1940 which destroyed the remainder of the church. § | Reconciliation ____________________________________________________ In 1995, 50 years after the end of the Second World War this sculpture by Josefina de Vasconcellos has been given by Richard Branson as a token of reconciliation. An identical sculpture has been placed on behalf of the people of Coventry in the Peace Garden, Hiroshima, Japan. Both sculptures remind us that, in the face of destructive forces, human dignity and love will triumph over disaster and bring nations together in respect and peace. § | Engraving 1 ____________________________________________________ Remember with gratitude Sir Basil Spence [OM† KBE‡] architect of this cathedral † = Order of Merit ‡ = Order of the British Empire § | Engraving 2 ____________________________________________________ To the glory of GOD this Foundation Stone was laid by Queen Elizabeth the Second on the 23rd day of March 1956 Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid which is JESUS CHRIST ✝ § | Engraving 3 ____________________________________________________ Father Forgive ― Provost Richard Howard [behind the Altar] § | Commemorative Plaque: Swords to ploughshares ____________________________________________________ ·· nation shall not lift up sword against nation ~ neither shall they learn war anymore. Micah 4·3· 1940 Coventry 1990 Forward In Friendship This plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother as part of the Service of Remembrance on 14th November 1990 § | Memorial Plaque 1: 1914 · 1918 ____________________________________________________ To the glorious memory of the officers and men of the 7th Battalions the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who fell in the Great War This tablet was erected by their comrades § | Memorial Plaque 2: Each Of You Look Not To Your Own Interests But To The Interests Of Others ____________________________________________________ In gratitude to God and to commend to future generations the self-sacrifice of all those who served on the Home Front during the Second World War
  • Fantastic cathedral. When I first time came here, I love it. This cathedral is totally different than other cathedral. When you visit Coventry, you should come here.

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Where to stay in Coventry

A stay among the Gothic and Victorian architecture of the city center is within walking distance of the main attractions. Consider a rental room or B&B on the medieval Spon Street or near the canal. Both locations are scenic and conveniently located near the city center. Full of local eateries and shops, the Earlsdon area offers less expensive apartment rentals.
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