It’s been a busy time for both of us so rather than travel all the way back to west Wales we stayed at a Premier Inn overnight then went off to see Coventry Cathedral. Like the Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral a few weeks ago, it’s one of the places we’ve always meant to see … I’m so glad we finally made the effort. It was a profoundly moving experience, marked throughout by poignant reminders of the horrors of the Coventry blitz on 14 November 1940 yet tempered by all the love, care and craftsmanship poured into the building that rose from the devastation.
We arrived early and wandered round the remains of the ruined cathedral before crossing over to the new building just as it opened. Here are some of the places where I paused for reflection.
|Ecce Homo, sculpted by Jacob Epstein|
|Detail from the West Screen in the new cathedral. |
Designed and etched by John Hutton, it links the old and new building
|The font in front of the stunning Baptistry Window|
|Detail from the Baptistry Window|
|One of the eight Tablets of the Word|
|The Chapel of Christ in Gethsemane|
|The Charred Cross|
|The Tapestry of Christ in Glory, designed by Graham Sutherland,|
it's the world's largest tapestry
With those images still flooding my thoughts after we came home, I posted a photo from my visit on Twitter which prompted a response from a friend who knew the cathedral well. She was kind enough to send me the link to her poem about the place which I invite you to read. You can find it here