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Canterbury CathedralCanterbury, situated in the South East of Kent, is a beautiful historic Cathedral City, with settlements in the area dating back to roughly 0 A.D.

The city walls, still a prominent feature of the city, were built during the Roman occupation in roughly 270 A.D. however, in the late 1700's, the city gates were removed, followed by the construction of the Canterbury to Whitstable railway in 1831.

Much of the city was bombed in 1942 during the War including two churches, four schools, two banks and scores of houses. Some of the original buildings that survived this bombing can still be seen today, lining the pedestrianised city centre streets.

Canterbury Cathedral

In 597, the construction of the early Cathedral and Abbey began at the order of St Augustine who was sent to England from Rome by Pope Gregory the Great.

1066 marked the Norman conquest. The 'modern' Cathedral development then took place between 1070 and 1510 following a major fire from the invasion of the Danes.

The murder of Thomas Becket who was the Archbishop of Canterbury and which took place in 1170 has since attracted many tourists. In the decades after Becket's death, pilgrims from all over Europe travelled to Canterbury to visit his shrine, and even now the occasional monk or nun makes a pilgrimage.

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