Thomas Coats Baptist Church, Paisley, Scotland
Friday, May 08, 2009
This afternoon I took the opportunity to tour the interior of this famous church which is also known as the 'Baptist Cathedral of Europe'. Key facts:
- Commissioned by the wealthy Coats textile family and opened in 1894.
- Gothic design by Hippolyte Blanc of Edinburgh.
- Can accommodate up to 1000 people.
- Ground plan in shape of cross.
- Vestibule contains 350,000 pieces of coloured marble to make up mosaic floor.
- Pulpit made from marble and alabaster.
- Finely carved communion table.
- Baptistry made from black-veined marble.
- In the chancel are three carved alabaster panels.
Unfortunately, the building is in need of considerable funds for repairs and maintenance. For more information on the church and donations visit www.fenet.net/coats
The building is open Friday afternoons for two hours during the summer period.
posted by Catswhiskers @ 12:03 PM