After the humbling wartime display at the Herbert, I knew I wanted to check out the cathedral, or cathedrals in Coventry. When the original cathedral was mostly destroyed in the bombings, the city made the brave decision to rebuild next to the ruins. They hoped the new cathedral would become a testament to hope and reconciliation in war-stricken environments the world over. To this day, they work with charities to try and help those who are experiencing the devastating effects of living in a war zone.
The new cathedral is wonderfully awe-inspiring and modern and, with free entry for students, it was the perfect place to learn a little more about the city’s history.
I know that the modern decor and architecture has met with some mixed responses but I was blown away by it, particularly since they mix the old and the new so well. Remains from the old cathedral are peppered throughout and the place is bursting at the seams with the city’s history.
Once you’ve finished in the new cathedral, it’s simply a few steps to the ruins of the old one. The ruins have been left as a symbol of destruction, survival, and, most importantly, hope.
It’s a message that is still relevant today, with conflicts raging all over this planet.
And one I hope we can continue to learn from. I certainly left with my brain whirring, my heart hurting and the rest of my hoping for a better tomorrow.