The ruins of the Old Cathedral really resonate with the futility and desolation of war! What a fantastic building it must have been before the Nazi bombs crashed through the roof! The spire and the walls still stand and Peregrine Falcons nest in the spire.
However, the New Cathedral is quite amazing in its design and it is brilliantly juxtaposed with the ruins.
I was born in Coventry and I am proud of these two cathedrals - they are a "Must-see" if you are in the area. There are many things of note and interest to see - take the "Cross of Nails" a symbol for world peace - and the enormous sculpture of St.Michael vanquishing the Devil. If you have never stood near to it, you will not have realised just how big this bronze actually is. It is a truly awe-inspiring depiction - the best I have ever seen!
There are many facets of the old and new - but I will leave them for you to discover.
Also, if you are visiting Coventry's Cathedrals, it is worth bearing in mind their close proximity to St.Mary's Hall and Crypt (A medieval gem that survived the Nazi blitz) and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum - which is always interesting. Just a 5 minute walk away you will find the Coventry Transport Museum which is large and houses one of the finest historic vehicle collections in the UK!
Just two minutes walk, from the Cathedrals into Broadgate and you will find the exquisite (just bigger than life-size) statue of the naked Lady Godiva riding her horse. From this point can be seen the famous mechanical automatic clock-figures of Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom who both, for 59 minutes, remain unseen behind closed doors, but when the clock approaches the hour - the doors open and Peeping Tom leans out whilst Godiva rides by below him. The Clock chimes and she disappears through another door as the doors close on both figures. This is always a great favourite with young children.
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