2015

SJ3589 : High Altar and Reredos, Liverpool Cathedral

taken 9 years ago, near to Liverpool, England

High Altar and Reredos, Liverpool Cathedral
High Altar and Reredos, Liverpool Cathedral
The reredos (Screen behind the high altar) is richly carved from sandstone, embellished with gold leaf. The lower panel illustrates the Last Supper and the other central panel depicts the Crucifixion with further scenes of Christís Passion to each side. The outer panels show the Nativity and Resurrection.
Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool

Liverpool Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool, built on St James's Mount. The total external length of the building, including the Lady Chapel is 207 yards (189 metres) making it the longest cathedral in the world*.

Built to a design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, mainly of local sandstone quarried from the South Liverpool suburb of Woolton, the first part of the building to be completed, the Lady Chapel, was consecrated in 1910. Following delays caused by the First World War, the main body of the Cathedral was consecrated in the presence of King George V and Queen Mary in 1924. The central tower and west transepts were added 1924-42. Further work was hampered by World War II, during which the cathedral received heavy bomb damage. Scott produced his plans for the nave in 1942, but work on it did not begin until 1948 and it wasnít completed until after his death. The completion of the building was marked by a service of thanksgiving and dedication in October 1978, attended by Queen Elizabeth II. It is a grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 359401 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

*The only church building to exceed it in length is St. Peterís Basilica in Rome, which however is not a cathedral.


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SJ3589, 895 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 20 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 24 July, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 353 893 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.8096N 2:58.3875W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 353 893
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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