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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

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Identification

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
291550

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Structure in General

church
unbuilt [cancelled]
romanesque revival

Usages

church

Facts

  • This was the cathedral's second design proposal and would have featured a dome of 51 metres (167 feet) in diameter; the internal height would have measured 91 metres (300 feet).
  • So vast was the structure that if built, it could have swallowed St. Paul's Cathedral and would have been the world's largest church after St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Prior to cancellation, the project had been costed at £27,000,000, a colossal sum in its day.
  • The nave and transept, apses and sacristies would have been lined with a total of 53 altars.
  • If seen through to completion, it is estimated that the cathedral would have taken two centuries to construct.
  • Although never completed, the foundation stone was laid on 5th June, 1933 whilst construction of the crypt ceased in 1941; the crypt has been incorporated into the current Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
  • The cathedral was to be constructed from silver-grey granite from Ireland and grey-pink St. Helens brick.

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Location

Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant
L3
Central
Liverpool
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

520.01 ft
520.01 ft
1933
1941

Involved Companies

Sir Edwin Lutyens
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