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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.
Overall, a truly stunning piece of design and craftsmanship.

Unfortunately, the building is in need of considerable funds for repairs and maintenance. For more information on the church and donations visit

The building is open Friday afternoons for two hours during the summer period.



posted by Catswhiskers @ 12:03 PM 


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