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Coventry Cathedral

The city of Coventry, West Midlands, England is unusual in the United Kingdom in that it has two cathedrals.

The first, now in ruins, was bombed to destruction on November 14, 1940 by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The new cathedral built next to the remains of the old cathedral was designed by Basil Spence[?]. The ruin of the older cathedral remains hallowed ground[?].

The foundation stone of the new cathedral was laid by the Queen on March 23, 1956, and it was consecrated on May 25, 1962. Its modern design caused some controversy. The unconventional spire was lowered onto the flat roof by helicopter. The interior is notable for a large tapestry of Christ, designed by Graham Sutherland[?].

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