From the outside the exterior of English Martyrs Church may look ordinary but step inside, look up and you will see it is anything but… the only known reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in the world.
This magnificent piece of work was started by Gary Bevans, a sign writer parishioner, an artist with no formal training, early in 1987 after a pilgrimage to Rome. Following a discussion with Bishop Cormac, Gary’s request to bring ‘the Sistine ceiling’ here was accepted.
It is now completed at 2/3 scale of the original. The colours match the newly cleaned ceiling in Rome.
In 2016 The Church received a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence