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I've always wanted to visit Coventry Cathedral and now I have and I wasn't disappointed. John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens created the Baptistry stained glass window, which was why I was so keen to go. I've written lots of posts on other windows by them, do have a look at the label above, as they are fantastic (the windows not my posts!)
|Isn't the window just wonderful. It's 85 ft high 56 ft wide and has 195 lights. The bright sunburst has so many meanings to me - a reminder of the Blitz, the Cathedral on fire, the positive sunlight of a new day, rebirth, hope , New Light, new life, Peace|
|The Old Cathedral, open to the sky. Plenty of places to sit and contemplate.|
|Two roof timbers fell into the shape of a cross which were placed on the Altar. The original is now in the New Cathedral, a replica in the Old.|
|The New/Old link together|
|Jacob Epstein's statue of St Michael and the Devil is striking on the outside of the New.|
|Graham Sutherland's tapestry fills the huge space|
|The amazing Crown of Thorns, ceiling, etched glass screen, orignal roof-timber cross, Swedish windows, the plumbline and City sculpture|
|Collage of details of John Piper's Baptistry window|
Once you reach the altar and turn round to face the congregation, amazingly 10 more floor to ceiling stained glass panels blast with light, 5 on each side of the Nave. These were designed by the Royal College of Arts, namely Lawrence Lee, Geoffrey Clarke and Keith New. I just couldn't photograph the whole effect to do it justice, but it was absolutely fantastic!
|Collage of details of the Nave stained glass windows|
|Chapel of Unity|
|Decorated in a cosy vintage style, I couldn't resist one of their cheese scones.|