Canterbury Cathedral (1), Kent
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.
Inside Christchurch Gate we can see the west end of the cathedral, with its twin towers, and it 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.
A closer view of the main entrance to Canterbury Cathedral, seen in the previous picture, showing the ornate stonework.
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.
Looking into the open square in the centre of The Great Cloisters, Canterbury Cathedral.
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