As a city with two cathedrals and home to a multi-faith, multi-ethnic community, Liverpool is a city that embraces diversity. Its places of worship reflect the faiths, races and cultures that blend to make the city what it is. They are also some of the most stunning buildings in Liverpool itself and well worth putting on a visitor’s itinerary.

Anglican Cathedral

Located at one end of Hope Street is where you’ll find one of the city’s two cathedrals. A dominant sight on its skyline, the Anglican cathedral is the longest cathedral in the world, and the fifth largest. Grade I listed and built in reddish sandstone, the Cathedral was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, appointed in 1903 when he was just 22 and had no major building credits to his name. Work was interrupted during WWI (in fact you can see two gargoyles on the west side of the cathedral, next to the Lady Chapel entrance) within the building damaged by bombings in WWII. It was completed in 1978, 18 years after Scott’s death and hosts regular services as well as being open daily to the public.

Metropolitan Cathedral

At the other end of Hope Street is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Grade II listed and designed by architect Frederick Gibberd, the cathedral was completed in 1967. From the outside the striking conical shape and lantern tower, containing stained glass offer a glimpse of the light inside. That tower bathes the interior in coloured light. The crypt is also worth a visit; home to exhibitions and University examinations the crypt is part of another design for the cathedral entirely, that by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a model of which is available in the Museum of Liverpool. Daily services are held, and in this Jubilee Year of mercy the cathedral will be a place for pilgrims.

Princes Road Synagogue

The Synagogue, in Toxteth, is home to the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation. It’s recognised as one of the finest examples of the Moorish revival style of synagogues in the late nineteenth century. Built when Toxteth was becoming home to wealthy merchants, constructing mansions along its tree lined roads, the synagogue is in a cluster of places of worship of different faiths; the Greek orthodox Church of St Nicholas, St Margaret of Antioch in an Anglican parish and the stunning French gothic Welsh Presbyterian Church. Today, the Synagogue is attended on Sabbath mornings and holidays as well as weddings and bar mitzvahs.

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

A little closer to Liverpool city centre is the Greek orthodox Church, built in 1870. Grade II listed, the neo-Byzantine design emulates that of St Theodore's Church in Constantinople. Incredibly ornate, with bands of red brick and white stone, domes and arches the exterior was built by Henry Sumner and is only the second purpose built Greek Orthodox Church in England. It is open on regular heritage days in the city.

Al-Rahma Mosque

The mosque in Toxteth is the main place of worship for Liverpool’s Muslim population. The largest of the city’s three mosques it is recognisable for its traditional gold dome and crescent. Building work began on the Mosque in 1965; the first Mosque in England was built in Liverpool and it was used until 1908. The mosque is home to daily prayers along with Jumu’ah on Fridays. The streets around the Mosque are lined with lights during festivals such as Eid.

Gustav Adolf Church

The home of Liverpool's Nordic Community signifies the links between the port of Liverpool and the Baltic regions. The Neo-Gothic building, completed in 1884 was designed as a place of worship and sanctuary for Scandinavian seamen. Now a cultural hotspot as well as a place of faith it regularly hosts gigs, coffee mornings, language classes, a film club and other cultural events. 

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Liverpool Cathedral
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Inside the cathedral showing the impressive vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
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Outside shot of the Cathedral with blue skies and a few clouds.

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This dramatic icon of faith, architecture and human endeavour is spectacular in both scale and design.