10 MAY 2019: The Cathedral Church St Michael – better known as Coventry Cathedral – is a Grade 1 listed building. It replaced the 14th century St Michael’s Cathedral, destroyed in a German air raid in 1940. Architect Basil Spence’s radical modernist design for the new building caused controversy when it was revealed in 1950. Rather than rebuilding the cathedral Spence’s design built a new structure beside the ruins of the bombed Cathedral. The juxtaposition of the two is breathtaking.

Regardless of any religious affiliations, or lack of them, Coventry Cathedral is well worth a visit.

Spence used new construction technologies such as steel and reinforced concrete. Its famous spire rises to 90m and is the tallest structure in Coventry. Other well-known features are a huge tapestry designed by artist Graham Sutherland and the Great West Window, which is suspended from the roof.

In the 1990s, a national poll saw Coventry Cathedral elected as Britain’s favourite 20th Century building.

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