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Chapel of Christ in Gethsemane

Beauty amidst suffering

This intimate chapel sits beside the nave, close to its immense tapestry and the high altar, both of which are so often, by design, bathed in natural light. In contrast, the Chapel of Gethsemane is small with relatively little lighting. Its mosaic depicts the Angel of Agony by Steven Sykes which, on approach, is viewed through a wrought-iron crown of thorns, designed by Sir Basil Spence. Thus, beside the large, blazing glory of the tapestry and high altar, this quiet, small chapel serves as a reminder of suffering and a place of prayer and contemplation, away from the focal point of the Cathedral.

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Directions and accessibility
Wheelchair accessible

There is wheelchair access into the Chapel from the walkway in front of the Tapestry. The walkway can be accessed via a ramp on the left-hand side of the New Cathedral.

Guide dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

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