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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church represent the rebirth of Christianity to Great Britain. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and one of the most famous cathedrals in England. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England. Canterbury Cathedral was founded by the Benedictine monk Augustine in 597. The cathedral was severely damaged during Viking raids. The cathedral was completely rebuilt after a fire in 1067. The crossing tower, the western transepts and nave of the cathedral were built in the English Gothic style, also known as the Perpendicular style. There have been many additions to Canterbury Cathedral over the last nine centuries. Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in  1170. He was buried in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after the death of Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral became the most important pilgrimage destination in Great Britain. His tomb was destroyed in 1538, on the orders of King Henry VIII. Canterbury was bombed during World War II, the cathedral escaped with minor damage. Canterbury Cathedral is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church. Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.

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Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: The Martyrdom of the place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. Soon after the death of...

Canterbury Cathedral: The Martyrdom of the place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was

murdered in 1170. Soon after the death of Thomas Becket Canterbury Cathedral became 

one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Great Britain. Thomas Becket was buried

inside Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrims regarded the shrine of Thomas Becket as a place of

healing. Canterbury Cathedral became part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

  1. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: The Martyrdom of the place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170. Soon after the death of...

    Canterbury Cathedral: The Martyrdom of the place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was

    murdered in 1170. Soon after the death of Thomas Becket Canterbury Cathedral became 

    one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Great Britain. Thomas Becket was buried

    inside Canterbury Cathedral. Pilgrims regarded the shrine of Thomas Becket as a place of

    healing. Canterbury Cathedral became part of an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

  2. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey en St. Martin's Church. Behind the Christ Church Gate lies the Canterbury Cathedral....

    Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey en St. Martin's Church.

    Behind the Christ Church Gate lies the Canterbury Cathedral.

    Canterbury Cathedral is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site:

    Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church.

  3. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: Detail above the south porch.

    Canterbury Cathedral: Detail above the south porch.

  4. Canterbury Cathedral -  Canterbury Cathedral: Statues near the south porch.

     Canterbury Cathedral: Statues near the south porch.

  5. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: The famous Bell Harry Tower was completed in 1498. The Canterbury Cathedral has twenty one bells in...

    Canterbury Cathedral: The famous Bell Harry Tower was completed in 1498.

    The Canterbury Cathedral has twenty one bells in three towers, among them

    is the bell Great Dunstan, the largest bell in Kent. The oldest bell in the

    cathedral is Bell Harry. Bell Harry was cast in 1635 and is struck at 8am to

    announce the opening and at 9pm to announce the closing of the cathedral.

  6. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: St. Augustine founded the cathedral in 597. Canterbury Cathedral was badly damaged during Viking raids in 1011. It...

    Canterbury Cathedral: St. Augustine founded the cathedral in 597.

    Canterbury Cathedral was badly damaged during Viking raids in 1011.

    It was completely rebuilt 1070-1077. The Norman nave and transepts

    were demolished in the 14th century to make way for the present stucture.

    Canterbury Cathedral was damaged during WW II.

  7. Canterbury Cathedral - A pinnacle of the Canterbury cathedral.

    A pinnacle of the Canterbury cathedral.

  8. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: The ceiling of the nave is one of the highest in the world. The nave, the western transepts and crossing tower of the...

    Canterbury Cathedral: The ceiling of the nave is one of the highest in the world.

    The nave, the western transepts and crossing tower of the cathedral were built

    in the English Gothic style, also known as the Perpendicular style.

  9. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: Tomb of the Black Prince. The Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, was the eldest son of Edward III...

    Canterbury Cathedral: Tomb of the Black Prince.

    The Black Prince, Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, was the eldest

    son of Edward III of England. He was a hero at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers.

    He is considered one of the most able generals of his time. He died in 1376,

    just a week before his 46th birthday. He died before he became King of England.

    Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church

    gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. 

  10. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: The spot where Thomas Becket was originally interred is marked with an eternal burning candle. Thomas Becket was...

    Canterbury Cathedral: The spot where Thomas Becket was originally interred is marked

    with an eternal burning candle. Thomas Becket was buried inside the Trinity Chapel of

    Canterbury Cathedral. His tomb was destroyed in 1538, on the orders of King Henry VIII.

  11. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: North West transept. Canterbury Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.

    Canterbury Cathedral: North West transept.

    Canterbury Cathedral was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.

  12. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: Detail above the choir. The cathedral has elaborate decorations.

    Canterbury Cathedral: Detail above the choir.

    The cathedral has elaborate decorations.

  13. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: Detail above the choir.

    Canterbury Cathedral: Detail above the choir.

  14. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral: Baptismal font.

    Canterbury Cathedral: Baptismal font.

  15. Canterbury Cathedral - Canterbury Cathedral became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

    Canterbury Cathedral became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.