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While planning my 2010 trip to the UK, I realised that I had left the UK the first time round with so many regrets. I guess, in some ways, regrets can become a sort of incentive for one to return. One of the regrets I had was even having lived for a year next to this space shuttle cathedral, I had never managed to visit the inside. So this time, I made sure I did. 

規劃我2010年的英國行時,我才發現當初是帶了多少遺憾離開這個地方。不過我想遺憾有時也可成為你想回到一個地方的動力吧!之前的遺憾之一,就是雖然一整年都住在這個長得像太空船的教堂旁,我卻都沒有機會參觀到教堂內部!真是不可原諒!所以這次就把它規劃在行程當中囉!

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This was behind the buidling. 這是在建築物的後方

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Crown. 黃冠

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This is a Catholic cathedral, facing it, is the Anglican cathedral. 
這座教堂是天主教教堂。正好面對的是英國國教教堂。

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Inside the space shuttle. 太空船教堂內部(也挺像異度空間的)

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Organ 管風琴

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1... take off! 
5, 4, 3, 2, 1... 發射~~(誤)

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Surrounding the nave and the sanctuary are artworks of all sorts. 
各種宗教性質的藝術品環繞著教堂的中殿及聖殿。

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Altar. 祭壇

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Larger scaled sculptures can also be found in different corners. 
在不同角落也可看到比較大規模的雕像

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The round nave. Very different from our typical church. 
這個中殿是圓形的~ 跟之前介紹過的很不一樣

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Keep your eyes open, for you may miss out on so many artworks.
為了不要錯過教堂內所展示的藝術品,眼睛可要睜大點啊!

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The unique lighting also makes the church different from other medieval (or earlier) cathedrals. 
這種特別的燈光也照映出與中古世紀(或更早期)的教堂與眾不同處~

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Art and religion. 藝術與宗教

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A perfect match. 完美的結合

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The cathedral's construction was completed in 1967. Seeing from its unusual design, it's not hard to imagine that there had been some architectural problems with the building upon its completion. The cathedral, as you can see from an earlier photo, stands right across from the Anglican Cathedral. These two cathedrals are, quite aptly, connected by Hope Street. 

這座教堂於1967年完成建置。從他獨特的外觀看來,不難想像剛建造完成後的確出現了許多問題。這座教堂的正對面就是英國國教教堂(之前介紹過)。連結這兩座教堂的街道,又這麼剛好的叫做Hope(希望)。

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Although it was quite an experience to walk into the cathedral, I had to admit that I felt relieved once I walked out of it... Back to Earth again! 

雖然看到教堂內部的確是個不錯的經驗,但我又必須承認走出教堂時,還是覺得鬆了一口氣!終於又回到地球了!

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延伸閱讀:
【利物浦】我把鐘聲打包回來了
【利物浦】Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (2009版)
【利物浦】Anglican Cathedral 英國國教教堂



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