This unusual and distinctive building can be found a little outside the city center. One of the two stunning cathedrals in the city, the 'Catholic Cathedral' is the result of Sir Frederick Gibberd's award-winning contemporary design of the 1960s. Bearing spectacular architectural nuances, the structure of this cathedral is circular and almost rocket-like in appearance. During the day, the interior mesmerizes with a vivid display of light radiating through magnificent colored glass panels. Marble floors open up to decadent chapels, while the altar bears a bronze crucifix, and craved paneling, a decorative organ and quaint statues also adorn the recesses of this cathedral. The cathedral is also home to an ancient, brick-built crypt which hosts university examinations and the Liverpool Beer Festival. An impressive, suspended metal installation symbolizing the Crown of Thorns hangs above the high altar. Its facade fashioned out of Portland stone, the cathedral looks like a floodlit, funnel-shaped canopy come night. An on-site bookshop and informative guides are also available.
Described as one of the finest Greco-Roman building in Europe, this magnificent landmark is an example of the outstanding architecture within the city. Built in the 1840s, this Grade I listed building was originally built as a concert hall and two courts. The original architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes died of consumption before the building was complete and his successor, Charles Robert Cockerell, altered the design so that the interior resembled a Roman public bath. St George's Hall is famed for the Minton-tiled floor, the Willis Organ, vaulted ceiling, as well as fine sculptures and plaster work. The courts and the concert room are often seen in film and television productions. High profile concerts are a regular affair and the hall has an excellent calendar of events throughout the year. The Heritage Centre has a wonderful array of facilities for visitors and also conducts guided tours of the hall.
The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) is Great Britain's leading center for video, digital and new media art. Featuring a range of engaging contemporary exhibits, film screenings and cutting-edge research facilities, FACT is not only an influential institution in the burgeoning field of media arts, but is also a central source for community involvement and recreation. The sprawling facility features three galleries and four cinema screens that accommodate the center's packed schedule of events ranging from art-house film screenings and photographic exhibitions to lectures and much more. Check website for upcoming events.
This grand Victorian building of the Walker Art Gallery stands next to the World Museum Liverpool. Built in 1877 and extended in the 1930s, it features a superb collection of paintings, sculpture and fine arts from the 14th-20th Century. The gallery stages regular exhibitions, events, tours and family activities. The works on display include Rembrandt, Monet, Matisse and world famous collections by William Frederick Yeames and Rossetti. The spacious cafe offers light refreshments in relaxing surroundings. The gallery is a part of the National Museums in Liverpool.
Towering over the verdant expanses of St Jame's Mount is one of Britain's largest Anglican Cathedral which boasts sharp arches and one of the world's heaviest-sounding bells, with the magnificent bell tower enhancing the city's skyline. An incredible tribute to Christ's epochal resurrection, the Liverpool Cathedral bears a spectacular Gothic visage fashioned out of sandstone. Its interiors too, with their strikingly-designed vaults looking over an impressive nave and walls embedded with elongated, vibrant stained glass windows, are a sight to behold. Along with being a looming canopy of magnificence, the cathedral's tower is much loved for its ability to afford sweeping, panoramic views of the city, and also as far across as Merseyside on a clear day. A work of exemplary design by Giles Gilbert Scott, the majestic Liverpool Cathedral is touted to be one of the world's largest cathedrals. Above the sprawling premise of the cathedral's floor is the well-lit Elizabeth Hoare gallery, a fine repository of eclectic and regal Victorian and Edwardian embroidery works belonging to the priests and the clergies. In addition to traditional services, the cathedral also hosts an array of concerts, exhibitions, recitals, gala dinners, and graduation ceremonies.
After being closed for nearly 30 years, the legendary Eric's re-opened its doors in September 2011 with a grand performance by legendary band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. In the past, the likes of The Stranglers, U2, Police, Jam and Elvis Costello have performed here. Now, this venue is fast regaining its popularity and dominating the local music scene once again. The new space is completely refurbished with air-conditioners and modern dressing rooms equipped with showers for the performing band/artist. For gigs and technical specifications, check website or call ahead.
Home to football mania and Olympic sports, Liverpool is as much a cultural hub as it is a sports fan's dream city. Located in Merseyside, England, it was created in 1207 when King John granted a royal charter written in Latin. The city has been a topic of interest for several authors, right from Dickens to Walpole. From the neoclassical St.George's Hall and the opulent Royal Liver Building and the stunning glass-speckled West Tower, the architecture of Liverpool is awe-inspiring. A stronghold on music has earned it the Guinness Book of Records of 'Capital of Pop.' As the art galleries and music halls enthrall art lovers and music fans from all over the world, the electrifying urban culture entices the international youth. Concert Square and Hardman Street bring out the city's revelry with some of the best nightclubs and bars. With prestigious institutes like the University of Liverpool, it is the quintessential metropolitan hub.
Experience an aura of historical brilliance at the Country Sessions House. Dating back to the 19th Century, this magnificent building is a designated site of English heritage and was designed by the group of noted Liverpool architects, F & G Holme. It served primarily as a local country courthouse and enclosed three courtrooms and chambers for barristers and judges. Decorated in the late Victorian style of architecture, the building imbibes great heritage value.It now belongs to the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside.
Dating back to 1879, Steble Fountain is considered to be a significant part of Liverpool’s history. The cast- iron fountain, in front of the Walker Art Gallery comprises of a circular stone basin with a bronze centrepiece with 4 flanking figures and 2 basins. Over the years it faced some damage due to lack of proper care, however in 2013, efforts were made to restore the fountain to its former glory. The heads where the water flows were removed and repaired and the fountain was repainted to reverse the effects of the weather and general wear and tear.
Probably one of the most renowned historical buildings of Liverpool, the Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library is located in the William Brown Street. This English library comprises of two buildings and both are designated as sites of English heritage. The entire complex belongs to the Liverpool Central Library. Dating back to the late 19th Century, the complex was modified and renovated extensively by the 20th Century. It is still open to public as a site of heritage.
Opened to public in 1860 and located on William Brown Street in Liverpool. Initially the museum started off by showing a tiny part of the Earl of Derby's collection, some paintings, models of Liverpool, and samples of imports that had been shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. However, over the years, the number of visitors increased drastically and there was a need to shift to a bigger place and that is how St. George's Hall across the street, also became a part of this legacy. It was an excellently designed building with a Classical style and including Corinthian columns.