This is a first for me, a fairly modern church, well a Cathedral really, St Columba’s Catholic Cathedral, in Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland. I think I have posted a couple of Victorian Churches, but nothing this young, built in 1932 and 27 years later, finished in 1959, it replaced an earlier building, But it made me smile, it is a big, beautiful modern building and I had an overwhelming feeling that it reminded me of somewhere……and it did, the architect chosen to design St Columba’s Cathedral, was Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. He designed the Anglican Cathedral at Liverpool and the famous red telephone box. I had the same smile on my face when I visited Liverpool Cathedral….I should have known, so many times I have taken photos and looked at St Columba’s, it is like looking at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
It is huge, not quite as huge as Liverpool’s, but it does have the same feeling and the light is amazing. For quite a few years I had meant to make the effort to explore and in 2013, I did, we had a spare afternoon and were just enjoying the sunshine in Oban, so it was a good opportunity for me to have a look, as long as the door was open, it was.
The Cathedral is in the neo-Gothic style and pink and blue granite are the materials, the large windows allow as much light as possible to stream into the building.
In 1878 the Scottish Hierarchy was restored. Bishop Angus MacDonald, the first Bishop of the Diocese, organised the building of the first Cathedral in Oban. Made out of corrugated iron, it was supposed to last for only a short while. In fact, it stood for over 50 years. The following three photos are on show inside and the first is of the ‘The Tin Cathedral’ in 1900, with a view of the lavish interior. I assume the last photo is part of church left standing, while the building of the new church being carried out behind the church tower, the new church tower was not built until the early 1950’s as WW2 intervened and put the building back quite a few years.