Canterbury Cathedral (1) Location map
 
  Photo of Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England   This distant view, from a little west of north, gives an idea of just how large Canterbury Cathedral is compared with the surrounding buildings.

The two towers at the west end can be clearly seen together with the massive Bell Harry Tower, 235 feet high, in the centre of the cathedral. When you go inside the cathedral make a point of looking at the fan vaulting underneath the Bell Harry Tower which can be seen from the steps leading from the Nave up into The Choir.

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  Picture of the West End of Canterbury Cathedral from inside Christchurch Gate, Canterbury, Kent, EnglandCanterbury   Inside Christchurch Gate.

The west end of the cathedral, with its twin towers, is the first view that confronts visitors after they pass through Christchurch Gate.

Building was begun in 1071 by Archbishop Lanfranc and mostly finished by 1498.

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  View of the main entrance to Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England   A closer view of the main entrance to Canterbury Cathedral, seen in the previous picture, showing the ornate stonework.

 

 

 

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  View of Canterbury Cathedral from near the East End, Canterbury, Kent, England   Canterbury Cathedral from near the east end looking past the Bell Harry Tower towards the main entrance at the west end.

As an example of a Gothic church, only Reims in France rivals Canterbury for its architecture and stained glass.

 

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  Photograph of The Great Cloisters, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, Kent, England  

Looking into the open square in the centre of The Great Cloisters, Canterbury Cathedral.

 

 

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