Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Canterbury Cathedral set in Canterbury in Kent, is where St Augustine and his fellow missionaries based their work of bringing christianity back to England in the 6th century. It is also the place in which Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket was murdered on 29 December 1170 by knights of King Henry II. The sword stroke was apparently so violent that it slice he crown off his skull and shattered the blades tip on the pavement. A shrine to Thomas Becket stood at the spot where he was murdered until it was demolished in 1538 on orders of King Henry VIII. A candle now stands in that same spot.
The Cathedral itself is a beautifully built mixture of both Roman style and French Gothic style architecture, as it was built and rebuilt in different periods. Once a Catholic Cathedral, it became Anglican with the Reformation of England during the Tudor period.