The Liverpool Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the world, housing over two million candles. It was built in the eleventh century and has been a central location for worship ever since. It has changed hands several times, but is now the property of the Catholic Church. It is thought to date back to the tenth century. It is located in the heart of Liverpool city centre and is a striking Gothic structure.
The main pulpit is topped by a massive bell, which weighs about seven tons. The bell is known as the Singing Bell and is believed to be the largest bell in the world, with a lifting capacity of more than twenty thousand pounds. The bells were made by a group of local people, who chose a design based on local traditions. The bells are made from wood, and the top of the bell contains a number of compartments where the metal is deposited. The sections of metal are bound together by an iron ring, which creates the treble clef, which is then struck on the bells to produce the sound.
A visit to the Liverpool Cathedral will allow visitors to take part in a special service for those in the area who are Catholic. The cathedral is home to numerous services, including the late breaking of the day service and the singing of hymns at the weekly mass. It is also home to the highest ranking Catholic bishop in the world, known as Bishops of the Dioces of Liverpool – known as Bishops of the Liverpool Faith. The Liverpool Cathedral serves as a prominent focal point for celebrations in the area surrounding the cathedral, with events including a Lightening Service and a celebration of the Bishops’ Jubilee.
Other services at the cathedral include evening services, which are usually held on the west or north sides of the building. The Liverpool cathedral constables and archbishops oversee the workings of the cathedral and provide instructions to the cathedral congregation. The Liverpool Cathedral regularly receives visitors from all parts of the United Kingdom, as well as visitors from Ireland and Australia. Cathedral visitors are often amazed by the interior of the cathedral. The stained glass windows showcase scenes from the life of Jesus, including the Last Supper, and the trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is located in the Old Hall section of the cathedral. Visitors can tour the catacombs that once lined the eastern portion of the church. People who are not members of the Catholic Church can join the choir during their visit. One of the most popular features of the cathedral is the “Martyred Candle” in the main transe. The candle is lit each evening for the entire service and burns down to reveal the bodies of the recently martyred. The “Martyred Candle” is a vivid reminder of the suffering and death experienced during the times of the Roman Catholic Church.
On the west end of the Liverpool Cathedral are two tombs of the greatest figures in the city’s history. Martin Luther King and Henry VIII were born within the walls of the church. Henry VIII converted the west end into a Dominican Church and built a large Gothic structure along the west end. The present-day Graduate College and Institute of Religious Studies monitor the site and provide access to the King’s remains. The Liverpool Cathedral was designed by architect Christopher Wicks.
There is also another Gothic building on the site, The Queen Mary Queen of England Cathedral. This cathedral was designed by the famous English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Its imposing nature and its four tall minarets, the largest in Europe, make it one of the most impressive buildings in Liverpool. The Queen Mary Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrix of York lived in the Bodley ward for several years and wrote extensively about the city and the life she had during her time there.
The present-day Bishop Chavasse is the Archbishop of Armensburg in Germany and is the chief administrative head of the Diocese of Hamburg. The Liverpool Cathedral and its accompanying catacombs were created by the cardinal, John Paul II. The cathedral is a great place to visit and it is well worth taking photos of. It is worth going on a short trip through central Liverpool – West End. The catacombs are fascinating and there are many places of interest.