Benches are available for the visitors who are thus able savour in comfort and serenity the atmosphere conducive to a meditative and prayerful frame of mind. It is the spiritual experience so unusual and unlike anything one would normally expect from a tourist visit that causes the visitor, even the casual visitor, to remain pleasantly surprised. He remains surrounded by signs of past destruction and suffering yet feels the serenity and joy of forgiveness and a total absence of anything that smacks of resentment. The prayerful attitude is uninfluenced by the bus loads of tourist that flock here from all nations. As the tourist makes his way around the ruins he comes across another reminder of forgiveness, the statue of reconciliation.
The statue is by Josefina de Vasconcellos who made it at the age of 90. It was donated to the Cathedral by Richard Branson on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II (1995). A replica of this statue was donated by the people of Coventry to the peace garden of Heroshima.
"Altar of reconciliation", "Statue of reconciliation", "Litany of reconciliation" the word, and more importantly, the reality of reconciliation "reverberates" throughout these ruins.