Sunday, 11 March 2018

My Sunday Photo Week 167 Mixing the old and the new - Coventry Cathedral

I've not visited Coventry since the mid 80s and from memory it's not changed at all. When I mentioned this on social media there was an assumption that my comment was negative, it wasn't. I meant there had been no development, the city remained unchanged in terms of architecture, yes a lot of the shops were empty, but that is typical of most towns and cities up and down the UK these days.

Coventry Cathedral was bombed during the blitz in 1940, which destroyed most of the city centre, which was rebuilt in the 1950s and 60s. Only the tower, spire and outer wall and the bronze effigy and tomb of the first bishop of St Michael's Cathedral was left standing, originally built in the late 14th and early 15th century.

The current St Michael's Cathedral was built alongside the ruins joining them to form one church in the early 1960's. My access for photos was restricted when I visited due to filming of Nativity 4 in the Cathedral grounds.




I always enjoy visiting churches and cathedrals when I'm in the UK, mainly because the buildings are old and full of character, something I don't see in Dubai, where everything is modern and new.

You can see the other building projects in Dubai and around the World, I've been following below:


Week 158 Bluewater Islands and Dubai Eye. Man made island a 210m high Big Wheel
Week 159 Dubai Marina - Reflections
Week 160 Dubai Frame. A window between the Old and New Dubai and a 150m high glass floor.
Week 163 New Metro Line for Expo 2020
Week 164 Hoover Dam 2002 - 2010
Week 165 Dubai Opera House What a difference a year makes
Week 166 Unfinished buildings. The Pentominium

10 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful cathedral the way they've combined the new with the old. We went last Christmas for a concert and the outside was all lit up

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  2. I love old historic buildings, I've never been to Coventry

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

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    1. i spent a lot of time there as a teen with swimming time trials, was nice to go back

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  3. My daughter visited Coventry Cathedral this week on a school trip! I visited in the 80s too because my grandparents lived nearby. I always thought it was a fascinating place as a child, but haven't visited since.

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    1. i used to visit in my teens for swimming time trials, not been back since

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  4. What a beautiful cathedral, I agree it's lovely when places still feel the same, even if they're moving forwards in other respects. #MySundayPhoto.

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    1. i don't need any excuses to visit a city centre and historic buildings, makes such a lovely change from all the modern stuff here in Dubai

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  5. These photos are so pretty and what a gorgeous place to visit. The architecture is amazing xx

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    1. it is stunning, such a shame it was flattened in the blitz, but they've done a grand job restoring it

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