Beautiful view from Coventry Cathedral Tower

by Mateusz Oles January. 30, 2020 125 views

I live in Coventry, UK over 10 years and never visited Coventry Cathedral Tower. This is my first picture taken at the top St Michael's Tower. To see this beautiful view I had to climb all 180 plus step. St Michael's Tower at Coventry Cathedral stands at the west entrance to the Cathedral ruins. The main structure was added by wealthy wool merchants and former mayors, brothers William and Adam Botoner, between 1373 and 1394.

St Michael's Church was largely constructed between the late 14th century and early 15th century. It was one of the largest parish churches in England when, in 1918, it was elevated to cathedral status on the creation of Coventry Diocese. This St Michael's Cathedral now stands ruined, bombed almost to destruction during the Coventry Blitz of 14 November 1940 by the German Luftwaffe. Only the tower, spire, the outer wall and the bronze effigy and tomb of its first bishop, Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs, survived. The ruins of this older cathedral remain hallowed ground and are listed at Grade I. Following the bombing of the medieval cathedral in 1940, Provost Richard Howard had the words "Father Forgive" inscribed on the wall behind the altar of the ruined building. The spire rises to 90 m (295 ft) and is the tallest structure in the city. It is also the third tallest cathedral spire in England, with only Salisbury and Norwich cathedrals rising higher.

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