Canterbury Cathedral

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When: 01 Jan - 31 Dec 2014

Opening hours: 10am-7pm

Website: Visit website

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Canterbury Cathedral has been rebuilt and added to many times during its history, resulting in a host of different features. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late fourteenth century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures. In the early 19th Century, the North West tower was found to be dangerous, although it dated from Lanfranc’s time, it was demolished in the early 1830s and replaced by a copy of the South West tower, thus giving a symmetrical appearance to the west end of the Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral contains over 1,200 square metres of stained glass depicting inspirational stories of men and women, including one of England’s largest collections of early medieval stained glass. The Cathedral has its own stained glass studios and since 1972 The Cathedral Studios have designed and made a wide range of traditional and modern stained glass windows for churches and private clients. Canterbury Cathedral currently employs 17 stonemasons, to keep up with the restoration of this magnificent building.

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Canterbury Cathedral
The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH


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