Canterbury Cathedral

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Canterbury Cathedral Reviews

joseph98 joseph98
129 reviews
Fine, imposing Cathedral Jul 03, 2014
Mother church of the Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral is the HQ of the Anglican communion for good reason. Dating back to 597AD, when it was founded by the missionary St Augustine who had been dispatched on a holy mission by Pope Gregory the Great, the Cathedral showcases over 1400 years of history within its walls, and justly boasts UNESCO World Heritage status.

Imposing in both scale and detail, the Cathedral needs at least a couple of hours to do it full justice. Architecturally, it ticks all the classic Cathedral boxes and then some: the vast nave is breathtaking, with dazzling stained glass windows studding the walls. The highlight is the crypt (sadly, photography is prohibited here), where forests of pillars buttress the cavernous spaces. A statue made of nails made by Anthony Gormley (he of Angel of the North fame) hangs from one ceiling here, a modern and visually arresting addition to this most historical of sites.

Back above ground are the tombs of Henry IV - the only English Monarch to be buried at the Cathedral - and Edward the Black Prince, a notorious war monger who died before he could take the throne himself. In keeping with the theme of violence, this is also the place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was infamously killed in 1170, the event which has made Canterbury the place of pilgrimage it remains to this day. The spot he was struck down is marked by a striking crossed-sword monument, and a lone candle marks the shrine that stood in his memory until it was destroyed by Henry VIII.

The Cathedral is in the heart of the city and well signposted. It is also a stones throw away from the Canterbury Tales experience, well worth a visit for both kids (they'll love the old skool animatronics) and those unfamiliar with Geoffrey Chaucer's literary masterpiece alike.
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Lovely cathedral, been 8 yrs since I went.
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ken2010 ken2010
44 reviews
on of the oldest Cathedrals still in use May 20, 2010
Taking a public bus from a sleepy Folkstone to the vibrant Canterbury takes you some thirty minutes, and quite an experience richer.

Canterbury is because of its university and the Cathedral a popular tourist attraction.

The history of Caterbury Cathedral dates back to AD 597. Missionaries from Rome came and converted the king of Kent to Christianity. The Cathedral has been the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury since those days.

I entered the Cathedral around ten in the morning that is to recommend. There were no lines to queue up in but after just an hour or so the lines can be terrible. The crypt is something really special with its graves of prominent nobles. There are also the treasary with treasures of all kinds from 12th centurary and up to modern time.
goezi goezi
71 reviews
Pilgrims target Apr 17, 2009
I guess all we pilgrims to the city of Canterbury at least expect to visit the cathedral and I say it’s well worth a half day at least. Surrounded by delightful gardens and outbuildings means there is something to see for all pilgrims.

The cathedral itself is slowly being restored so I found it difficult to capture a great shot from inside the grounds but if you take one part at a time you will end up with a satisfactory collection of snaps, or you can purchase the postcards that delight you from the gift shop.

Photography is allowed everywhere but the crypt and the best vantage point to take a shot of the cathedral in all it’s towering grandeur is from outside the walls, along Palace St.

I was surprised by the lack of decoration inside the cathedral itself. The walls were mostly plain stone compared to the ornate exterior but this made the items of value hanging on the walls, the religious trinkets and the stained glass all the more special.

Entry fee to the cathedral was about 9 English Pounds but the place costs about 12000 per day to run so I was happy to do my bit for my afternoon of sightseeing. Remember that if you visit this first your ticket allows for a cheaper entry price to “Canterbury Tales” attraction.

The history begins in 587AD at the arrival of St Augustine, who established the first cathedral. 40min audio tours will take you through the interesting points or you may ask questions of the many staff employed to assist you.

Services are still conducted here of course so if you wish to attend you may. On Sunday the earliest is 7.30am, or the evening service is 6.30pm. On most other days there is something happening from 8am through to 5.30pm.
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