Yesterday the new Anglican cathedral of St. Michael in Coventry, England was consecrated with great solemnity.
The old cathedral building was destroyed on November 14, 1940 during a Nazi blitz of Coventry, and Sir Winston Churchill famously toured the ruins of the cathedral. Later the new bishop of Coventry was consecrated in the ruins.
The new cathedral was designed by the architect Basil Spence in a provocatively modern style widely praised as a masterpiece of 20th Century Christianity, while the ruins of the old cathedral are preserved. The new cathedral is also widely considered a landmark of the postwar reconstruction of Britain, and as such the archbishop of Canterbury and Queen Elizabeth II were present for its consecration.