Architecture: The Crown Is Consecrated

Kettledrums sounded, trumpets blared, and an Irish Guards band played martial airs in the streets as 2,000 invited dignitaries and 500,000 Roman Catholics celebrated the consecration of Liverpool's new Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Whitsunday. Constructed over the past 41 years at a cost of $11,200,000, the cone-shaped cathedral in concrete rises to a stately stained-glass lantern tower capped with a crown of finials, which lights up at night atop one of Liverpool's two hills. The other hill, half a mile away, is already topped by the Gothic spires of...

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