Cathedral has won the hearts on the British public according to a poll conducted by
English Heritage and Channel 4 television.
The cathedral has been voted the most popular construction of this century, beating off
competition from Liverpool Cathedral, Tate Gallery, the Globe Theatre and the Millennium
Almost 3,500 people voted in the survey, which included every building in Britain that
was constructed this century.
Canon Vivienne Faull, the Cathedrals vice-provost, is delighted with the news and
believes it is a boost to the whole of the city.
"It is great that people across the country will see this news and see that
Coventry has the most popular building of the century.
"The good thing is that when the building was first constructed people were quite
derogatory about the design, but we have been noticing that opinions have gradually
changed over the years.
"1950s and 60s architecture is often said to look dated and to be of
bad quality, but Coventry cathedral displays excellent workmanship it was built to
last 1000 years and we are confident it will."
Over the last few years the Cathedral has proved to be one of the biggest draws for
people to visit the city, and Faull says that is continually growing.
"We did a survey and found that a large percentage of the coach parties coming to
the city are attracted by the Cathedral, it is a draw to people who hear about the history
"On a Sunday when we have our services there is a core of around 200 people who
come every week, and then there is almost that again of people who come to experience the
And Sir Jocelyn Stevens, chairman of English Heritage believes that the poll shows the
growing education of Britons to architecture of the century.