SP3379 : Cathedral of St Michael, Hill Top, Coventry

taken 6 years ago, near to Coventry, Great Britain

Cathedral of St Michael, Hill Top, Coventry
Cathedral of St Michael, Hill Top, Coventry
A building so laden with significance it's a miracle it still stands. It is a landmark of the new architecture, symbolises more than any other single thing Coventry's rebirth after the utter devastation of the war, and, if this isn't over-egging the pudding, by extension the rebirth of the whole country.
The competition to re-build was won by Basil Spence who began work in 1951, consecration was in 1962. Spence deferred to an extent to the shell of the previous building (SP3379 : Ruins of Coventry Cathedral), the preservation of which was a far-seeing act, and the two are well integrated. Spence used similar red sandstone. Grade I listed.
Many prominent artists of the day contributed, including, roughly central in this shot, Jacob Epstein's sculpture of St Michael and Lucifer (SP3379 : St Michael's Victory over the Devil).
A picture of the cathedral's construction: SP3379 : Early stages of construction of the new Coventry Cathedral.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 23 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 7 May, 2012
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Religious sites 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3363 7903 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:24.4948N 1:30.4234W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3368 7896
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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