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The Hidden Gem
Founded in 1794 The Hidden Gem was the first Catholic church built as a church after the Reformation. Within the church, the Adams Stations of the Cross are now considered one of the great art commissions of the 20th Century.
In the 200 plus years The Hidden Gem has been serving the people of Manchester, a great deal has changed. The poorest of slum dwellings surrounding the church have been replaced by the tall office buildings of the new commercial centre of Manchester. In recent years, the rapid regeneration of the city centre with its many and varied amenties and facilities has revitalised the old victorian heart of the city.
Through all these changes one thing remains: the mission of St. Mary's to the people of Manchester has remained constant, whether they live in, work in, or just visit the city centre. Every day there is free access to the church which is valued as an oasis of peace in the heart of the City's life.