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St Paul's Square

Constructed between the years 1777 and 1779, St Paul's Square is one of the oldest squares of Birmingham city. Featuring Georgian architectural style, St Paul's Square is also Birmingham's only remaining square featuring Georgian architecture. Around St Paul's Square, you can find many cafes, restaurants and bars, be it some of the finest Italian restaurants or live music bistros. St Paul's Square also houses St Paul's Club, the earliest private members body of Midlands. St Paul's Square underwent significant restoration in the 1970s and several structures surrounding it are marked as Grade II listed.

Iron: Man

The Iron Man sculpture by Anthony Gormley (also responsible for the much lauded "Angel of the North" in Gateshead) is unmistakably conspicuous as you walk across Victoria Square towards the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. It was erected in 1993, a donation to the city from the TSB bank which had just relocated to Birmingham. However, it has since caused a certain amount of controversy. Standing at almost 20 feet high, it depicts a stylized human figure apparently bound like a mummy. It leans slightly and the metal used is designed to oxidize in order to protect it. This explains the controversy—it was seen as a leaning, rusty hunk of metal, but the controversy has now died down a little and people are beginning to appreciate it more.

Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery

Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery is reminiscent of the savagery and bloodshed, that characterized the World Wars. This cemetery at Cannock Chase in Straffordhsire, contains the graves of German military personnel and civil engineers who laid down their lives at the war. It was established in the year 1964 by the German War Graves Commission with grants from the Federal Republic of Germany. Presently under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it has about 5000 German and Austrian graves. Each year, thousands of people flock to the cemetery to pay their homage to the martyrs, or simply take a stroll around the area. War ain't a pleasant memory, but Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery is certainly worth a visit!

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

Can you picture a funicular railway system that started in 1892 and continues to transport the people of Bridgenorth up and down the sandstone cliffs? This historic treasure of a railway system, separates the high and low towns and runs down 33 meters (111feet) of cliffs, and its importance and value only grows higher with time. Operated and connected by ropes, there are parallel tracks with two cars counterbalance each other, as one moves towards the top and the other towards the bottom station. What has now changed to an electric winding engine in the modern times, was originally powered by a simple water balancing system.

Perrott's Folly

Follies are buildings constructed for little or no practical purpose in the 18th Century. This is an example built by local landowner John Perrott in the 1750s. It is an unusual octagonal brick tower, complete with battlements and Gothic windows. A spiral staircase leads to an upper floor with displays and a tea room. It is open only on Sundays between Easter and September.

The Metropolitan Cathedral & Basilica of St. Chad

St. Chad's is one of two cathedrals in Birmingham. Situated opposite the Thistle Birmingham City, and with one of the finest decorated church ceilings in the Midlands, St Chad's was designed by A.W.N Pugin who was at the forefront of Gothic revival architecture. It was also noted for being the first Roman Catholic cathedral to be built in England since the Reformation. The cathedral has a well-respected choir, who sing on Sundays. Do check out the website or call for timings.

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