In front of St George's Hall (photo by Redvers)
After the decline in the 70s and 80s of the last century, the city center of Liverpool has begun slowly to return its brilliance. The entire renovated former industrial district situated between Renshaw Street (prolongation of Lime Street) and Duke Street is an unarguable evidence for that. The quarter is known as the Ropewalks and is characterized by a myriad of pleasant cafés, pubs, urban apartment blocks and intense night life. Here, on Wood Street is located the renowned FACT or Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. This is a vast cultural, art, exhibition and entertainment centre, featuring several cinemas, video halls, café and bar. In the district you will also find the popular Bluecoat Art Centre, housed in the renovated building of a former Anglican school for orphans dating back to the beginning of the 18th century.
Across the street from the main Lime Street railway station is located the St. George's Hall. This is one of the most beautiful England's buildings performed in the architectural style of the Greek Revival and reflecting the city’s prosperity and wealth in the period, accrued mainly from the overseas trade revenues. Once it was the crown court and the most prestigious concert hall in Liverpool, but at present day, after restoration works the building was turned into a modern exhibition centre. The highlight inside the structure is the Great Hall where you can walk on authentic flooring covered by more than 30 000 of the famous Minton tiles and see the Willis organ, which is the third largest one in the Old Continent.
World Museum Liverpool (photo by Gene Hunt)
Right next to the garden surrounding St. George's Hall you will find the celebrated Walker Art Gallery. It displays one of the richest art collections in the UK, including paintings, sculptures, craft and design works, such as ceramics, glassware, objects made of precious metals, fabrics and furniture which once were in the homes of rich local industrials and merchants. The exhibited paintings on the first floor reflect the prosperity of the city during the 18th and 19th centuries coming from the overseas trade with African slaves and American raw materials. The collection is centered around prominent local English works, such as the master pieces of the animal painter Georges Stubbs who originates from Liverpool. The display also includes paintings by English and international impressionists and post-impressionists, such as Sickert, Degas, Cezanne and Monet. An entire section is devoted to works by contemporary British artists too.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
(photo by renaissancechambara)
The World Museum Liverpool is located very close to the Walker Art Gallery. This museum is opened every day from 10.00 am until 5:00 pm and has free access. It is one of the main family attractions for the local citizens. The venue shows much varied collections in halls accessible from a wonderful six-storey atrium. Here you can see everything from displays related to natural history, archeology and ethnography to space rockets. The museum has also a planetarium and a theatre with regular shows every day.
A couple of steps from the World Museum along Whitechapel Street you will reach the Conservation Centre, located next to the lively Queen Square and housed in one of the city's best preserved Victorian warehouses. It has free access and gives you the opportunity to see how the local museums' and galleries' exhibits are restored. From here, on your way down to Pier Head along Dale and Water streets you will reach the Town Hall and then if you turn right along Rumford Street you will find yourself in front of the Western Approaches Museum. It consists of a real labyrinth of underground bomb shelters, once used as headquarters of the British naval forces during the World War II.
The Anglican Cathedral (photo by j lord )
Liverpool is a city with two cathedrals – one Catholic and one Anglican. The first one is named the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, often called by the locals the "Paddy's Wigwam" and the "Mersey Funnel". The church has an elevated position on the Brownlow Hill, a few minute walk east of the Lime Street Station. It was built in the middle of the 19th century on the grounds of the abandoned beginnings of an ambitious project worked out by Sir Edwin Lutyen who wanted to be constructed a cathedral surpassing that of St Peter in Rome. The church is accessible via ceremonial steps from Mount Pleasant Street with a nice café at their bottom and four big bells crowning their top.
In a short stroll along Hope Street you will reach the other Anglican Liverpool Cathedral. It looks old but was actually accomplished in the 70s of the 20th century. Its construction works took more than 70 years. Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert, it is the largest cathedral in the United Kingdom and word’s fifth largest one. The church was built in impressive neo-Gothic style, being its last representative in the country. It features the highest Gothic arches in the world and the hugest bells.
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