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Thursday 1st of October 2015
Liverpool is home to some of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world, including the longest cathedral in the world, the first mosque to be founded in England and one of the finest examples of the Moorish Revival style of synagogue architecture in the world. So pick up your Easirent hire car from our Bootle city branch and take a little Liverpool road trip around some of the city’s most loved religious sites.
1. Liverpool Cathedral
Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1910 and completed in 1978 (18 years after Scott’s death) Liverpool Cathedral is the longest cathedral in the world. The internal length of the cathedral is 150 metres and its internal volume makes it the fifth largest cathedral in the world. Standing proud over the city of Liverpool, the interior of the cathedral is stunning, and well worth a visit; once inside, make sure you check out the red telephone box – which is nestled in the corner of the cathedral and is another one of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic designs.
2. Princes Road Synagogue
Hop in your Easirent hire car and head to the Princes Road Synagogue, which is located just a 15 minute drive from our Bootle city branch. Founded in the 1860’s, the Princes Road Synagogue was constructed after the Jewish Community of Liverpool came together and decided that they needed a new synagogue. Today the Princes Road Synagogue is the home of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is one of the world’s finest examples of Moorish Revival style synagogue architecture.
3. Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas stands adjacent to the Princes Road Synagogue (so no need to jump in your Easirent hire car for this one) make sure to visit them both while you’re in the area. Completed in 1870, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas as designed in the Neo-Byzantine architecture style and has a beautifully intricate exterior. Designed by W. J. Hay and built by Henry Sumners, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas is an extremely ornate building, featuring arches and domes constructed of red and white brick and is a Grade II listed building.
4. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Located half a mile away from the Liverpool Cathedral, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral stands at the opposite end of Hope Street in the city’s Georgian Quarter. A stunning, modern work of architecture, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’s design was determined by a competition in 1959 – the winner of which was Frederick Gibberd, who subsequently went on to design the cathedral.
5. Abdullah Quilliam Heritage Centre and Mosque
Known as the ‘birthplace of Islam in Britain,’ the Abdullah Quilliam Heritage Centre and Mosque was the first mosque to be founded in England and inhabits a terraced house in the Kensington area of Liverpool. Take the 10 minute drive from our Bootle city branch to the Abdullah Quilliam Heritage Centre and Mosque, which was opened on Christmas Day 1889.
6. Church of St. Luke
Known colloquially as ‘the bombed out church,’ the Church of St. Luke stands at the top of Liverpool’s Bold Street. Built between 1811 and 1832, the Church of St. Luke was hit by an incendiary device on 6 May 1941 during the Liverpool Blitz, which destroyed the entire roof and the interior of the church; it has been left untouched in memory of all those who died during World War Two.