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  • Photo: Jill Jennings

  • Photo: Jill Jennings




The Cathedral

The Cathedral's Mission is to proclaim that Jesus Christ is alive and that His Gospel is true and relevant to today's world.

From the very early days of its origins and then starting to build just after the turn of the 20th Century, through to its completion in 1978 after 74 long, hard, but rewarding years, the unfolding story of this great cathedral, the largest in the whole of the UK and the fifth largest in the world, is both fascinating and quite unique. Click on the history section to find out how it managed to survive 2 World Wars, periods of recession and great hardship in this once famous and important port of Liverpool to become a tribute to the dedication of a great many people and their skills. Share the amazing journey through our site, as it becomes evident just how important the Cathedral is to the heart and the life of this now internationally acclaimed City of Liverpool.

The Central Space and Well

The Central Space and Well

With words, music, film and interactive exhibitions you can now immerse yourself in the story of the 'Great Space':


History

History

This cathedral echoes the history of this great city since the turn of the 20th Century


The Tower

The Tower

A prominent, powerful focal point for city residents and visitors, it stands 154m (500') above the River Mersey


The Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel

A special and very beautiful chapel annexed to the south east corner of the Cathedral


Above all else, the Cathedral's Mission is to proclaim that Jesus Christ is alive and that His Gospel is true and relevant to today's world. The Cathedral must seek to live out the Christian faith, a faith rooted and grounded in the life of Jesus Christ. It offers its life as a resource centre for the Christian church on Merseyside, the Diocese and across the region and is a place where skills, expertise, faith and understanding are gathered together in the service of God's kingdom.

The cathedral is a centre of worship and celebration, exploring the mystery and glory of God and responding to His love. It is a centre of Learning, obeying Christ's commission to make known the Gospel through preaching, worship, education programmes and special events. It is a centre of hospitality, welcoming all of our visitors from all corners of the globe, and affirming our common humanity.

Statistics:

Length: 188.7 m (619 ft)
Area: 9,687.4 sq. m (104,275 sq. ft)
Choir Vault 35.3 m (116 ft)
Nave vault: 36.5 m (120 ft)
Height of Tower: 100.8 m (331 ft)
Under Tower Vault: 53.3 m (175 ft)
Tower Arches: 32.6 m (107 ft)
Bells:(hght above ground) 67.0 m (219 ft)
Bells (weight) 31.5 tonnes (31 tons)
  • Liverpool is the largest Cathedral in the UK (in sq metres), and the 5th largest in the world.
  • It's under-tower vault is the highest in the world
  • It's bells are the highest and heaviest peal in the world
  • There are two pipe organs in Liverpool Cathedral. The Grand Organ is the largest in the UK and is considered to be one of the largest operational church organs in the world with 10,267 pipes. 
  • The Cathedral is considered to have 2 out of 3 of the most powerful stops in the world. The Trompette Millitaire and the Tuba Magna on the Great Organ operate on 50” of wind pressure and are each as loud as an entire organ played on their own. The sound of the stops is aided by generous 8-9 second reverberation in the Cathedral (source – Wikipedia)

Statistics of other major features within the Cathedral can be found in other pages of the web-site