the lesson about the Roman city of Verulamium
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I think that St Alban city is a very interesting place. I visited it twice, once I arrived by train for the sigthseeing, the second time I biked to buy some postcards. City is based on the medieval town. But ealier there were the Roman town of Verulamium. When I was visiting the Cathedral I saw the map that shows how the town looks like in 1539. At first there were just a church built around the tomb of St Alban. Renovations changed the church into a larger Abby Church for the Benedicte monastery and later rebuilt in the Norman Romanesque style, but it was not the end. In the 12th century it was extended in the early Gothic style.
Being in Cathedra I could take a leaflet about the story of Alban-Roman citizen (for the leaflet about the Cathedra I paid 1 pound).
He lived in the Roman city of Verulamium and was a worshiper of Roman Gods including the Emperor. But he gave shelter to a Christian Priest fleeing from persecution. When the authoritiest discovered the priest's hiding place Alban exchanged clothes with him. Taken before the judge he declared his Christian faith. Then Alban was sentenced to death. He was brought out of the town, across the river and up a hill to the site of execusion. St.Alban's Shrine survived from 1308 and is located in the Shrine Chapel. It is said that Alban is the first Christian martyr of Britain and his symbol is the rose.
About the Cathedra I have read that is has the longest nave in UK. Its Gothic style made impression on me. I went also to see the exhibition area where there is a display of historic silver and a reconstruction of astronomical cloc (I am afraid i have no idea how it works like). But I paid much attention on the works of the St Bernard - the book 1645 ! I couln't open it, but it looks beautiful. There were also a different interesting display - the Christian calendar.
When I left the Cathedra I walked to the Verulamium park and to the Roman theatre. But exept bricks and grass I didn't see more. I hoped to see the interior of the Clock Tower, but it was closed too. So because it was getting late I came back to the market place and St Peter's street to the City Station.