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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey (burial place of Anglo-Saxon kings) and St. Martin's Church (the oldest in England still in use), all UNESCO heritage sites.

Symbolic places

- County of Kent- Its capital is the city of Maidstone- River Stour - 55,240 inhabitants.



On the corner of Best Lane and High Street, stands the statue of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Canterbury Tales

'The Canterbury Tales' of Geoffrey Chaucer

geoffrey chaucer

Augustine founded Canterbury cathedral

Pope Gregory I order

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Canterbury Cathedral is the cathedral of the archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Canterbury Cathedral

mother of 80 million Anglicans worldwide

England’s mother church

seat of the Bishop who is also the Archbishop

pilgrimage to the shrine of the saint

Cathedral: one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the Europe

murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket

night of 29 December 1170

Cathedral: in the history of the country

Monastic buildings

The murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket was Made in the night of 29 December 1170

The cathedral was seriously damaged by the 1382 Dover Straits earthquake

The murder of the archbishop, Thomas Becket, in the north-west transept on Tuesday 29 December 1170, by knights of King Henry II.-September 1174- 1180–1184-1538

The cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1067, a year after the Norman Conquest.

Bede recorded that Augustine reused a former Roman church.


Early Medieval


Plantagenet period

14th and 15th centuries

Modern period

view of the cathedral and its monastic buildings, made in about 1165[40] and known as the "waterworks plan"

The Norman cathedral, after its expansion by Ernulf and Conrad.

Plan of Canterbury Cathedral before the 1067 fire

Built in the 14th century for Edward of Woodstock, the son of Edward III of England.The day before he died, specified his desired place of burial, and contained detailed stipulations as to the design of his tomb and that it be located in the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral, where his body is still interred.

The 'Black Prince'

Tomb of Edward

On 29 December 1170 four knights, sent by King Henry II, murdered Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury

The Becket altar is known as the Martyrdom and it was one of the main stopping points for any medieval pilgrim visiting the shrine of St Thomas.


These surviving 12th-century windows from Canterbury Cathedral represent the male ancestors of Christ.They represent scenes from the life of Thomas Becket and are part of a larger series that includes subjects from the Old and New Testaments

Canterbury stained-glass window

The cathedral has a total of 21 bells in the three towers
It is known as Bell Harry by virtue of the original bell given in 1288 by Prior Henry of Eastry, to be hung on the roof of the tower as it then stood.

- Completed in 1498- Designed by the architect John Wastell

Bell Harry Tower


It contains the cathedral's main ring of bells, hung for change ringing in the English style.The ringers practice on Thursday at 7:15 pm.

- All of the bells were cast in 1981- Fourteen bells

Oxford Tower


The largest bell in Kent swung on Sunday mornings for Matins.

- It contains the cathedral's clock chime- The hour is struck on Great Dunstan

Arundel Tower


the organ

Polyphonic music written for the monks of Christ Church Priory, now Canterbury Cathedral, survives from the 13th century.

Religious music


of the University of Kent.

church history, older theology, British history, travel, science and medicine, and the anti-slavery movement

The cathedral library has a collection of about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before the 20th century and about 20,000 later books and serials.



Silent disco

“There are many different views on the secular and the sacred. Our 90s-themed silent disco will be appropriate to and respectful of the cathedral – it is categorically not a ‘rave in the nave’ – but I appreciate that some will never agree that dancing and pop music have a place within cathedrals.”


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