Coventry was where we hoped Lliam could get to, so we could meet. Ah well. Next time!
The inside of the new cathedral is firmly 1950's modern. In place of the massive stone pillars of old cathedrals, it has narrow tapering concrete pillars.It doesnt have arched side aisles, because it doesnt need the arches to have that high ceiling. The walls are lined with tall narrow stained glass windows, and one magnificent large window which we photographed, but which apparently didnt come out. The back of the nave is clear glass, so that the ruins can be seen clearly from within the new building. The whole new thing is clean and linear inside, except for the sculpture above the choir stalls. I think, in a different setting, that sculpture would be beautiful instead of jarring. Its intended to be flocks of doves rising, tho OT is right - the three pointed abstract "dove" looks a lot like a chair base.
The thing about the bombing is that the Germans tried to wipe out an entire city in one night, and had they stuck with it a couple hours longer, its thought they would have succeeded. I was told by one resident that it gave rise to the term "to coventry", meaning to wipe out. I havent heard it elsewhere.
The city is patched here and there with old tudor style buildings (authentic) interspersed with the modern that replaced the ones damaged in the air-raid.
Altoid - curiously strong.