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Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury
Christchurch Cathedral
51.279696° N, 1.082883° E
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01227 762 862

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  • Listed Building Description

    “The National Heritage List for England,” English HeritageNovember 30, 2011Reprinted with permission on February 10, 2013.

    944 THE CATHEDRAL PRECINCTS Christchurch Cathedral TR 1557 NW 5/1 3.12.49 I The original church on the site was one built for Roman Christians. St Augustine reconsecrated the church in 602 AD. The present building is a mixture of building styles from the C11 to the present day. The exterior is built mainly of Caen stone. On the East side some Romanesque arcading is visible though most of the stone work dates from 1175-84, built by William of Sens and William the Englishman, or from the late C14 to mid-C15 rebuilding. 7 bay Nave with clerestory, built between 1378 - 1410. continue reading →

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The exterior of Canterbury Cathedral immediately impresses by its size, but also rewards closer attention to its details. Viewed directly from the south, the abrupt change from Romanesque to Gothic is clearly evident - to the right (east) are round arches, blind arcades, and rough surfaces; to the left are the abundant pointed arches and pinnacles of the Gothic nave. Decorating the Romanesque exterior are intertwined blind arches embellished with decoratively carved columns and figurative capitals, all of which date from Archbishop Anselm's reconstruction around 1120. continue reading →

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Bibliography of Canterbury Cathedral

  1. The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. November 30, 2011. Web.
  2. Official Website of Canterbury Cathedral. Web. Official website.
  3. A Quick Guide to Canterbury Cathedral.” Official Website of Canterbury Cathedral. Web.

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014