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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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Essays on Canterbury Cathedral

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

Blog Posts on Canterbury Cathedral

  • Canterbury to Cambridge

    Posted September 21, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe

    Yesterday morning we went inside Canterbury Cathedral as soon as it opened at 9am and started our visit in the crypt, which was closed last time we visited. It is the biggest crypt I've ever seen, stretching underneath almost the whole length of the cathedral. It's also the oldest part, dating from the early 1100s.…

  • Canterbury Sneaky Beak

    Posted September 20, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe

    Canterbury Cathedral at dusk last night Night view after the lights came on Pretty golden light early this morning - very glad I got up in time for this, because the sun only lasted about five minutes and the sun barely showed up again the rest of the day! Canterbury Cathedral Gate this morning We saw some other great…

  • Brussels to Canterbury by Train, Ferry and Car

    Posted September 19, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe

    We are back in the UK and so happy to be here! It's kind of strange in a way - everything is so familiar that it seems like returning to the USA was all a dream and soon we'll just drive back to our home in Oxford. We've revisited several of our favorite things already: Marks & Spencers, Pepsi Max (even more delicious…

  • Canterbury

    Posted November 19, 2007 by Holly Hayes Part of: Graduate School in Oxford

    Canterbury is a smallish town but it is the spiritual capital of England, for two reasons. First, it was the headquarters and burial place of St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury. He was sent from Rome by Pope Gregory to convert the English from paganism in 597. A monastery and cathedral were established…

Bibliography of Canterbury Cathedral

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

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