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Like any major city, Birmingham has numerous churches serving all manner of faiths.

Two of the biggest are the city's two main cathedrals - St Philip's which serves the church of England, and the Catholic St Chad's Cathedral.

| St Philip's Cathedral | St Chad's Cathedral |

St Philip's Cathedral

Birmingham's Church of England Cathedral was built in the 18th century, and was designed by local man Thomas Archer.

However St Philip's was only made a Cathedral as recently as 1905 when the diocese of Birmingham was formed.

The Cathedral is most famous for its beautiful stained glass windows which dates from the 19th century and were designed by Birmingham artist Edward Burne-Jones.

St Philips Cathedral is open daily from 7.30am to 6pm. Admission is free.

St Chad's Cathedral

To the north of the city centre is Birmingham's Catholic Cathedral, St Chad's.

It was built in 1839 by Augustus Pugin, the architect who also built the Houses of Parliament in London.

This Cathedral is of historical significance for it was the first Roman Catholic Cathedral to be built in Britain after the reformation of the church in the 16th century.

St Chad's Cathedral is open from 10am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays. Admission is free.

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