Holy Trinity Church's Doom Painting

Entry: Free
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
Contact: Trinity Street, Coventry, CV1 5EX
Tel: 024 7622 0418
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Best bit: Finding a beautiful and welcoming hidden gem that most pass by on their way to the cathedrals
Worst bit: Finding the little Fair Trade shop shut on a Sunday

One of the largest medieval churches in England, its roots stretch way back to the 12th Century when it was built next to the Benedictine priory founded by King Leofric and Lady Godiva.
The jewel in the crown of this beautiful building is the Doom Painting, a 600-year-old mural high up above the Chancel Arch.
A hidden gem, the painting was covered with limewash, rediscovered nearly 200 years ago and properly restored in 2002.
It now stands proudly as one of the finest and best preserved works of its kind in the country.
The title Doom comes from the painting's depiction of judgement, blessing and damnation. Christ is shown in the middle, surrounded by the 12 disciples, with the Virgin Mary to the lower left and John the Baptist to the lower right.
The lower part of the picture shows the dead rising from their graves and demons casting the souls of the damned into the jaws of Hell. The upper part shows a stairway to Heaven.
The Doom Painting is complemented by the church's beautiful indigo blue ceiling. Closer to eye level there are wooden pews ornately carved with leaves, flowers and even the faces of the wood carvers.
The church was faithfully guarded from extensive damage during the Blitz by Canon Clitheroe who stood guard, extinguishing the incendiaries that fell on the building.
One of the real joys of this building - and what sets it apart from many other historic churches - is the fact it continues to host a lively community of churchgoers, evidenced by photo displays of recent events and the unusually sited but superbly stocked Fairtrade shop sitting in the corner.

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