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Now the name of this blog is ‘A Taste of Two Cities’ but as I live in Paris, the second city, Liverpool, though equally wonderful, tends to be neglected. But that is about to change, as I plan some posts about the beautiful city of my birth in the very near future.

But first a quick mention about the food in the photograph…… I stated in an earlier post (see ‘Pasta, salmon and pesto bake’) that the French do not do ‘bakes’ as such, so it is usually when I am ‘home’ that I eat this sort of food, particularly as both my daughters’ are vegetarians. And this is such good food to eat at this time of the year, as it is warming, colourful and nutritious, and quick and easy to prepare after a day shopping or sightseeing!

Today I have been sightseeing and ‘finally’ visited Lutyen’s Crypt – ‘Where?’ I hear even the people of Liverpool asking, as even though I lived in the city for 20 years (Ok so I was a baby or child for most of this time), I have only just visited this beautiful and fascinating place.

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‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ AKA ‘Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King’

Liverpool boasts two magnificent cathedrals’, the protestant Anglican cathedral (you can see the gothic Anglican cathedral in my ‘Bienvenue/welcome post) and the Catholic Metropolitan cathedral (or ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ as affectionately known in the city)

Although (just as the Eiffel Tower!) the people of Liverpool were not too keen on the structure at first, finding it too modern and, let’s face it, at that time, strange; they have since taken it to heart and the austere exterior conceals an interior bathed in celestial blue light.

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The stunning use of light and colour surrounding the High Altar

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One of ‘the Stations of the Cross’

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Sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows

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Just one of many beautiful wall hangings and tapestries

It is the Metropolitan cathedral that houses ‘Lutyen’s’ Crypt (Liverpool’ best kept architectural secret) In the 1930’s the renowned architect, Sir Edward Lutyen (responsible for, amongst other things, the Viceroy’s Palace at New Delhi, The Cenotaph at Whitehall and the 1st world war cemeteries of Northern France) designed a grand Roman Catholic cathedral for the city of Liverpool to rival the greatest in Europe. The first foundation stone was laid in 1933 and the foundations were dug and work on the crypt commenced.

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Lutyen’s Crypt

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The onset of world war two saw a halt to this work and it was not until 1958 that the city was in a position to roof and complete the crypt. But escalating building costs had now made it impossible to realise the dream of Liverpool’s version of St Peter’s Basilica’ and plans were made to build the present day very modern and unique ‘Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King’ at the side of (not above as many think) the original crypt.

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It is difficult to put these two equally magnificent places together as one is so full of light and colour and the other so dark and mysterious

The Lutyen’s Crypt is one of the biggest in the world and is in stark contrast with the Cathedral, and visit to both, along with the Anglican Cathedral is essential when visiting the city. (both Cathedrals are situated at opposite ends of aptly named ‘Hope’ street, which is also home to the world renowned ‘EveryMan’ Theatre) The Cathedral is free but there is a charge of £3 for adults visiting the crypt to help with its conservation and it is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 3.30 pm.

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Back to the bake………


Serves 2 generously

100g whole wheat Pasta (Penne or spirals are good)

1 450g can of chopped tomatoes

1 Red pepper roughly chopped

1 Green pepper, roughly chopped

1 Small Red Onion, finely sliced

1 large clove garlic, crushed

6 -8 Black olives

1 heaped dessertspoon of capers

A good glug of Olive oil

Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

Dried oregano

Dried chilli flakes (optional)

Mozzarella Cheese


Heat the oil in a large pasta dish

Roast the peppers and onion for about 20 minutes

Meanwhile cook the pasta in salted water and drain

Add the garlic, oregano to the vegetables, then stir in the tomatoes

Add the capers and olives

Season with salt and pepper (and a little chilli if required)

Stir in the pasta

Top with mozzarella and bake for a further 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden

Serve with a fresh green salad

Bon Appetit!

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  1. Lynz Real Cooking says:

    I love pasta so much! This looks beautiful and sounds so delicious! I love the peppers and olives and all of the wonderful flavor! My daughter in law is a vegetarian and for Thanksgiving this would be a perfect dish! Thanks Lindy! I love our tour around Liverpool and the pictures! The first picture of the cathedral is amazing!!! I can see where it would look very modern but it is gorgeous! The info. on the crypt and pictures is very interesting!! Once again awesome post. Welcome back!!

  2. Osyth says:

    Fabulous pictures of Liverland, delicious stories and a very interesting post all round. I haven’t been inside either cathedral to my shame but I will make it my business next time I visit my girlie there 🙂

    • lindaravello says:

      Thank you – I’m sure two brains has been here…..the Anglican Cathedral is magnificent also – I must do a post on that -really busy atm, hoping to put a little York post up at the weekend, but ‘Monsieur le Frog’s’ birthday, so maybe not x

      • Osyth says:

        Two Brains adores the Anglican Cathedral … When he was at school he had to write an essay on something or other and write about how the interior made him feel. It got him his only EVER A+ in English! Happy birthday to M Frog – pass a lovely weekend x

  3. Four Pesky Hobbits Mama says:

    I’ve been past this but never inside Lindy, its stunning inside and not how I imagined at all. We are doing a comic con in Liverpool next weekend and hopefully will get chance to pop into the centre too. We love Liverpool!

  4. lindaravello says:

    I will be there for two weeks over the Christmas period – and maybe a little further beyond, would be lovely to meet up Zoe – God willing, I have to survive 5 weeks here first, every day is a bonus…..

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