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Canterbury Cathedral
 
Located in the county of Kent and the home of the Primate of all England or known more popularly as the Archbishop of Canterbury. The landing place of St Augustine in 597. The importance of Canterbury was more of a religious nature than economic, becoming the centre of the Christian faith in England. Canterbury cathedral was constructed between 1070 and 1079 under the direction of the Norman Archbishop, Lanfranc. The earliest cathedral was inspired by St Augustine and built in a Romanesque style. The cathedral was all but destroyed by fire in 1174. Today, many influences can be observed in its construction and adornment. Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 in Canterbury cathedral. Following this, it became a place of pilgrimage. Canterbury was also the subject of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Today it is a popular tourist attraction.

 

Canterbury Cathedral
 
A view looking north showing the SW and SE transepts and Great Cloister.

 
 

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