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Thursday 26 September 2019

The Cathedral Church of St Michael commonly known as Coventry Cathedral was built next to the remains of the old church, St Michael's, a 14th-century Gothic church, which remains a ruined shell after its bombing during the Second World War. It was designed by Basil Spence , built by John Laing and is a Grade I listed building.

The selection of Spence for the work was a result of a competition held in 1950 to find an architect for the new Coventry Cathedral; his design was chosen from over two hundred submitted.

Spence (later knighted for this work) insisted that instead of re-building the old cathedral it should be kept in ruins as a garden of remembrance and that the new cathedral should be built alongside, the two buildings together effectively forming one church

The foundation stone of the new cathedral was laid by Elizabeth II on 23 March 1956The cathedral was consecrated on 25 May 1962,

Coventry's modernist design caused much discussion, but on opening to the public it rapidly became a hugely popular symbol of reconciliation in post-war Britain] The interior is notable for its huge tapestry (once thought to be the world's largest) of Christ, designed by Graham Sutherland

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