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Friday, October 21, 2016
New visitor centre at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
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¬†The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool begins celebrating the completion of a ten-year restoration programme, on Monday, with the opening of the new Visitor and Information Centre. The Centre, next to the new Ceremonial entrance, is set to become a gateway to the Cathedral for visitors to the City from throughout the world, providing hands on insights into the history and architecture of the building and the work of the Roman Catholic Church in the region. A remote live camera link to the Lantern Tower of the Cathedral will allow visitors to take a preview tour before using the new entrance to take in the building as a whole. Within the Centre there is also 'The Piazza' contemporary Cafť Bar and Gift Shop. The scheme also includes improved access to the Cathedral for disabled visitors and a landscaped roof garden. The Cathedral is the first to collaborate with Mersey Partnership's Tourist Information Centre to provide a direct dial facility, helping visitors plan the rest of their stay. Eryl Parry, Manager of the Centre, said: "I am very proud of the City in which I grew up. It's a privilege to be part of this exciting and significant development which comes in the run up to the important landmark of Capital of Culture in 2008." The Ceremonial entrance and Visitor Centre was created with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the North West Regional Development Agency with the Archdiocese of Liverpool responsible for the interior of the Visitor Centre. The project brings to completion the original dream of Sir Frederick Gibberd, architect of the 36 year old Cathedral. A week of celebrations is planned, leading up to the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 23 November, the patronal feast of the Cathedral. Friday 14 November will see a Dinner Dance with a Gala Concert the following evening and throughout the next week an exhibition of the history and life of the Cathedral is to be held. On the afternoon of Saturday 22 November choirs from throughout the Archdiocese will gather to take part in a Thanksgiving Mass and on the feast itself, 23 November, the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, will celebrate Mass to give thanks for the completion of the work on the building and to dedicate the new entrance and Visitor Centre. Archbishop Kelly said: "The new Ceremonial entrance and Visitor Centre will enhance the Cathedral's setting as a truly unique experience for all those who come whether to visit or worship and I look forward immensely to giving thanks on the feast of the Cathedral, Christ the King, for all the work and efforts of so many in this development." Cathedral Dean, Mgr Peter Cookson, who has been present throughout the years of restoration, said: "We are delighted at the completion of our new Visitor Centre with its splendid facilities. The project is a major part of our strategy to open the Metropolitan Cathedral to a wider public and with our excellent position at the heart of the City and University life we hope it will encourage many people to drop in to learn something about the Archdiocese and the Cathedral and what they have to offer, and above all to climb the new steps and visit the Cathedral." Source: Liverpool Archdiocese
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