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Liverpool Cathedral - Facts and Travel Information
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
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The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Britain, and the fifth largest in the world, at a size of 104275 square feet. At its tallest the tower rises to 331 feet. The Cathedral also houses two pipe organs, one of which has 9765 pipes and is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in the world.

In 1902 a competition was held to select a design for the Cathedral, and in 1903 a proposal from a 22 year old student named Giles Gilbert Scott was selected from over 100 other entries, even though at the time he had designed no previous buildings. Not only was an unknown student chosen to design one of the largest building projects that century, but it was later found out that he was in fact a Roman Catholic. The decision to keep his design was allowed since faith was not a requirement for the competition.

Construction of the new Cathedral began in 1904 with the foundation stone being laid, and the Lady Chapel opened in 1910. In 1924 the church was consecrated, but it wasn't until 1940 that regular services were held. Between World War I and World War II, much of the construction was delayed, and it wasn't until 1978 that the entire Cathedral would finally be complete, although the tower had been completed in 1942. Unfortunately, Scott died in 1960 and not alive to see it ultimately complete.

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