I went into the Cathedral and had a look around, I went into the gallery and managed to speak with many different people. I found out so much more about the blitz and the history of the cathedral during the blitz and when it was rebuilt.
The Cathedral is faced to the north pole, this is strange for a church as many churches and mosques are pointed towards Jerusalem, the person who built the cathedra;l however said if the went traditional and faced the cathedral the right way then
Within the main room of the cathedral you have the tapestry which is the biggest piece ever made within the UK. It is nearly the same size as a whole tennis court and it took 12 weavers 3 years to complete it. The tapestry has become the most powerful symbol of the cathedral to embrace new and improved ideas. It is meant to be the christ, this was unrolled and put up before the community that worshipped there, I met one woman who was actually in the service when the piece was put up, she explain to me how amazing it felt to be there and part of history, she also told me how they placed it up wonky and how they had to re place it a few times. The Stained Glass windows within the Cathedral help give the cathedral a glow, if you go to the front of the building by the tapestry and look back at the windows, each section is meant to represent something of your life; one section is meant to show your middle-aged life time, another your teenage years; the fun but difficult time in your life, and another is meant to show your childhood. I think that having this in the cathedral is quite strange, you wouldn’t really think about it until you are told what each section is meant and then you compare it to your own life.
There is another set of stained windows too, these were made in sweeden and show the message of going out into the world and sharing God’s message.
Downstairs is a Gallery, in here you find several things that were saved during the blitz and also a lot more information about the blitz and what went on. I spent a few hours down here looking at the items and talking to people about the history. There are 3 candles which one man picked up on his way out just before the cathedral got blown up. I met one man who was 6 when the blitz happened and he was actually in the cathedral when it was blown up, his Mother, Father and brother did not survive, one of the solders who escaped the cathedral heard him crying and went back in to save him, The man I spoke to has got the trophy his hero got for risking his life to save the boy as the hero later on died. I found out that his uncle and aunts were living in another part of Coventry and they all died too, he told me how he was a war orphan and how he really didn’t mind, he also told me about his travels around the world and how he met his wife.