Canterbury Cathedral

Joy at Canterbury
Canterbury Cathedral

Gothic Architecture

If you like Gothic, you get your fill at Canterbury. The many spires and towers and carved figures are rather overwhelming. Buttresses allow for high broad arches and make the interior very airy.


Canterbury Cathedral Aisle

Aisles

I can hardly imagine what a High Mass would be like in this soaring space, but this is still a working church and receives many thousands of worshippers each Sunday.


In Pilgrims Steps

Pilgrims Past

The cathedral is ancient. Canterbury has been the home of the chief bishop since St. Augustine in 597 A.D. After Thomas a Becket was murdered in the cathedral in 1170 and later canonized, the cathedral became a site of pilgrimage for 350 years. I am amazed to think of the faithful who climbed the steps on their knees and wore away the stone.


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