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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral At Night

Canterbury Cathedral At Night

The magnificent Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the United Kingdom. Visitors have been traveling to the Cathedral going back to the Middle Ages. The Cathedral is located in the center of the charming city of Canterbury situated in Kent. You can easily get there by car and when you arrive there is parking available in the center of the city of Canterbury and buses take people from the outer limits of the city to the center of the city every seven to eight minutes.

You and your friends can easily take a train from London to the Canterbury East station as well as to the Canterbury West station. The cathedral is within easy walking distance of both of the train stations. The Stagecoach East Kent provides bus transportation and the Canterbury bus station is a short walk to the Canterbury Cathedral precincts. You can also get to the cathedral from the London Victoria Coach station by taking a National Express coach. The Cathedral is easy to get to by plane including flying to the Kent International Airport.

The Canterbury Cathedral welcomes tourists but it is also utilized for local services as well as regional and national services and events.

The Crypt at the Canterbury Cathedral

The Crypt at the Canterbury Cathedral

On some occasions the Cathedral is closed or portions of the Cathedral are closed to tourists. They allow tourists to take photographs at the Cathedral however you can only take photographs for personal use. Church as well as pilgrimage groups are welcome to visit the Canterbury Cathedral.

History

The Cathedral has a long history all the way back to 597 AD when Pope Gregory the Great requested St Augustine to go as a missionary and establish his seat in the city of Canterbury. In the year 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Canterbury Cathedral and after the murder the Cathedral has been the destination of thousands of pilgrims which has been told in the famous Canterbury Tales.

Stained Glass

The Canterbury Cathedral has been used for prayers on a daily basis for more than 1,400 years and the Cathedral ha been utilized for services almost two thousand times each year. The Cathedral is well known for its beautiful stained glass. A lot of the windows survived from the latter portion of the 12th century and the early portion of the 13th century.

Canterbury Cathedral - Archbishop Thomas Becket

Canterbury Cathedral - Archbishop Thomas Becket

The Miracle Windows tell stories that are typically about the average local people.

The Cathedral also contains numerous Victorian windows as well as windows from the 20th century. The oldest window that can be found at the Canterbury Cathedral goes all the way back to 1176 AD. During the Middle Ages the vast majority of the people could not read or write and so the stained glass windows told biblical stories and stories about the Saints. The inscriptions for the windows are in Latin and historians believe that the inscriptions were used for information for the guides who could read.

The Chapter House

The Canterbury Cathedral is located inside walled precincts with numerous buildings from the Medieval days located outside. The Water Tower is considered by many to be a Romanesque masterpiece. Portions of the monastery’s Bakery, Granary as well as the Brewery are still in existence and are part of the King’s School. The Chapter House situated with the Cloisters is said to be the biggest one in England. The monks used to visit the Chapter House in order to talk about the business of the Cathedral.

The Nave

The Nave is of the Romanesque style and was replaced during the 14th century by the Nave that is standing today.

Canterbury Cathedral Nave

Canterbury Cathedral Nave

It’s considered to be a wonderful example of English Perpendicular Gothic style. If you have time visit the Quire, the Corona as well as the Trinity Chapel. The Crypt is a popular tourist attraction and it’s older than any other of the building at the Cathedral that exists today. Take some time and visit the wonderful precinct gardens and other parts of the Canterbury Cathedral.

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