The Church of St Francis, Gorton Monastery, is situated
in mixed industrial and residential area in east Manchester. This Roman
Catholic church is built on the scale of a cathedral and has been called
'Manchester's Taj Mahal'. It was vacated in the 1980s and soon became
a building at risk. It was later given World Monument status. Today the
building is undergoing complete restoration and is set to re-emerge as
a multi-use conference and educational centre.