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St. Martin's Church in Canterbury

The St. Martin's Church in Canterbury existed probably already in the 4th century. The tower was built later in the English Gothic style, also known as the Perpendicular style. In the 6th century, St. Martin's Church was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent. The small church is named after St. Martin, the Bishop of Tours in France, where Queen Bertha had lived before she married Ethelbert, the first Christian King of Kent. St. Martin's Church is England's oldest parish church in continuous use. It was in the St. Martin's Church that St. Augustine set up his mission when he arrived from Rome in 597 AD to convert the Anglo-Saxon countries to Christianity. The churchyard of St. Martin's Church contains the graves of the author Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear and the English landscape painter Thomas Sidney Cooper, who made a painting of St. Augustine's Abbey in 1833. St. Martin's Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church. The St. Martin's Church, Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine's Abbey represent the rebirth of Christianity in Great Britain. Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

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St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - In the 6th century, St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent. St. Martin's Church is England's...

In the 6th century, St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent. St. Martin's Church is England's oldest parish church in continuous use, the church existed probably already in the 4th century. The tower of the St. Martin's Church was built later in the is English Gothic style, also known as the Perpendicular style.

  1. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - In the 6th century, St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent. St. Martin's Church is England's...

    In the 6th century, St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent. St. Martin's Church is England's oldest parish church in continuous use, the church existed probably already in the 4th century. The tower of the St. Martin's Church was built later in the is English Gothic style, also known as the Perpendicular style.

  2. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the first base of the Benedictine monk Augustine when he came from Rome to England in 597....

    St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the first base of the Benedictine monk Augustine when he came from Rome to England in 597. Augustine was sent by the Pope to bring Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons.  St. Martin's Church is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church.

  3. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - The nave of the St. Martin's Church in Canterburywas extended to the east in the 12th and 13th centuries. A part of the wall remained...

    The nave of the St. Martin's Church in Canterburywas extended to the east in the 12th and 13th centuries. A part of the wall remained from the Roman period. The stained glass windows depict scenes of the monk Augustine, King Ethelbert of Kent and his wife Queen Bertha who converted her pagan husband King Ethelbert to Christianity.

  4. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - This part of the nave of the St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the first Anglo Saxon structure made of mortared stone instead of...

    This part of the nave of the St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was the first Anglo Saxon structure made of mortared stone instead of wood, it is the largest part of the church. Some of the stones came from a limestone quarry nearby Paris. The roof of St. Martin's Church was built in the 14th century.

  5. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - The baptismal font of the St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was made between 1155 and 1165. The baptismal font was created from an...

    The baptismal font of the St. Martin's Church in Canterbury was made between 1155 and 1165. The baptismal font was created from an ancient well head of one of the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral. Probably, it was in this church that King Ethelbert of Kent was baptised by the monk Augustine in 597.

  6. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - St. Martin's Church in Canterbury is surrounded by a churchyard. It contains at least 900 graves, including the graves of some notable...

    St. Martin's Church in Canterbury is surrounded by a churchyard. It contains at least 900 graves, including the graves of some notable persons, such as Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear, Hilaire Countess Nelson, who married the brother of Admiral Horatio Nelson, and the landscape painter Thomas Sidney Cooper.

  7. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury - The Lychgate to St. Martin's Church in Canterbury is a wooden gate with a tiled roof. St. Martin's Church was founded many...

    The Lychgate to St. Martin's Church in Canterbury is a wooden gate with a tiled roof. St. Martin's Church was founded many centuries before the Reformation, the division between the Roman Catholics and Protestants. The church was built during the Roman period. St. Martin's Church in Canterbury gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.