Coventry is a city in West Midlands, England. It is an ancient city that is even older than neighbouring Birmingham and Leicester. Today, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals and industrial centre. The city was heavily bombed during World War II when it lost many of its notable historical buildings. After the war, restoration was attempted but the former glory of the city?s architecture is still to be revived. The current Coventry Cathedral is built beside the ruins of the cathedral structure bombed during WW II. Coventry Cathedral is an impressive building worth visiting, the cathedral houses the world?s largest collection of stained glass panels.
The city?s first cathedral was a monastery founded by Lady Godiva in the 11th century. Lady Godiva is a colourful historical character who is said to have rode naked through the town to protest high taxes. Visitors will notice a statue of Lady Godiva on horse back installed at Broadgate. There is an accompanying effigy of Peeping Tom on Cathedral Lanes. The Godiva Clock shows moving figures of Tom and Godiva.
There are three cathedral built over the original structure of Lady Godiva?s monastery. Archaeological digs around the site have produced a medieval mural depicting the end of the world. To see other examples of medieval visions of doom, visit the Holy Trinity Church, which houses a medieval painting of The Last Judgement.
Coventry is between London and Birmingham, easily accessibly by bus or train. Coventry Airport is no longer operational, but Birmingham International Airport is conveniently closer to Coventry centre, which is where you will land should you travel by air. Coventry is car friendly and getting around by car is much more convenient. Taxis and a local bus system are also available for travelling within Coventry.