I last visited the cathedral several decades ago, but did not then rate it very highly.
Perhaps my tastes have changed ….. or my powers of discernment have become more refined. In any event, I found the interior of the cathedral imposing, but simultaneously welcoming and friendly – which, I suppose, is everything that a cathedral should be.
Pre-COVID, one of my last overseas trips was to Albi in France, where a large, impressive, medieval cathedral dominates the city centre. Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral reminded me in many ways of Albi’s cathedral – but the Liverpudlian edifice exuded a warmth and sense of communality that the French equivalent lacked (understandably so, since it was built both as a fortress and a demonstration of Catholic strength during the French religious wars).
The architecture of this Liverpool cathedral has a timeless appeal, which had echoes of some of the great cathedrals of mainland Europe. Particularly innovative, it seemed to me, was the provision of a pleasing café which extended into the central part of the building. That, I think, is reflective of inclusive thinking – symbolic of how religion can be incorporated into everyday modern life – “of the people, and for the people” (and I say this as a non-religious person myself). I enjoyed our visit and – should I ever come to Liverpool again – I will do my best to pay a return visit … and perhaps even enjoy a meal in the café!