Liverpool Catholic Cathedral: Metropolitan

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, Architect, Photo, Date, Location, Picture, Design

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral Architecture

‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ – Roman Catholic Building in Merseyside, England, UK

20 Oct 2007

Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool

Location: Hope Street

Date built: 1967

Design: Frederick Gibberd, architect

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

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Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

The four bell towers surrounding the building are nicknamed after the four Beatles

Location: northeast central Liverpool

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool in Liverpool, England. The Grade II* Metropolitan Cathedral is one of Liverpool’s many listed buildings. To distinguish it from the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral, locals call it the “Catholic Cathedral”. Nicknames for the building include “Paddy’s Wigwam”, “The Pope’s Launching Pad”, and “The Mersey Funnel”.

The cathedral’s architect, Frederick Gibberd, was the winner of a worldwide design competition. Construction of the building began in 1962 and was completed in 1967. Earlier designs for a cathedral were proposed in 1853, 1933, and 1953, but none were completed.

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Paddy's Wigwam
Paddys Wigwam photo © Adrian Welch

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral initial architect : Frederick Gibberd

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral Crypt, Hope Street
Date built: 1933
Liverpool Cathedral Architect : Edwin Lutyens

Context photographs:
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Paddys Wigwam images © Adrian Welch

Context – famous bar east of Paddy’s Wigwam that the Beatles used to drink in:
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool design : Frederick Gibberd & Partners

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside, north west England, UK

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