Canterbury Cathedral, Kent England


The cathedral was founded in 597 AD, but no building remains from that time. The Norman crypt, the largest in the world, dates from 1100 and is the earliest part of the present building. The nave dates from the 14th century while other sections date from the 15th century. Canterbury Cathedral was the most important centre of pilgrimage in northern Europe long before Chaucer wrote Canterbury Tales (late 15th century). The Cathedral is well known for the infamous murder of Thomas Becket, which took place here in 1170. When visiting be sure to see the cathedral treasury, the stone screens in the Chapel of our Lady Undercroft and the site where Becket was murdered (marked by a plaque) and the elaborate vaulting of the Great Cloister walks. Henry IV is buried here in an alabaster tomb. The Cathedral has wonderful medieval glass.