LIVERPOOL’S St Georges Hall unveiled its famous Minton Tiled floor on Friday and visitors will get the rare opportunity to view the building in all of its remarkable glory from Fri 7 – Sun 16 August. At a press call on Friday morning there were short talks from Alan Smith, hall manager and local historian Steve Binns before the floor was officially unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion.
Amongst the world’s finest examples of an encaustic tiled floor, the handcrafted mosaic of more than 30,000 tiles were concealed in the 1860s to allow dancing and events at the prestigious venue.
The intricate and exquisite patterned tiled flooring depict the Liver Birds, the Roman god Neptune, sea nymphs, dolphins and tridents in what was the largest Minton pavement in the world when reconstructed.
Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon said:“The fantastic Minton Tiles at St George’s Hall are always hugely popular with tourists and residents each time they are revealed.
“The craftsmanship that has gone into the tiles is simply astounding and I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet seen them to go along to St George’s Hall and see these magnificent tiles.”
The Hall will be open daily from 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) where visitors will be able to view Liverpool’s hidden gem and gaze again at the site of the Great Hall in all its original grandeur.
There will also be 1-hour guided Walk the FloorTours available each day at 10am-11am and 4pm-5pm in which visitors will learn about the history of the Hall and the famous flooring and then be able to access and walk on the World renowned Minton Tiled floor.
If that wasn’t enough then why not enjoy a Night on the Tiles; each evening from 6pm-9pm guests will be able to enjoy the rare privilege of being able to “walk” on the world heritage site floor whilst enjoying a free glass of fizz, and there will also be food available to purchase each evening.
For further information please visit www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk.