A historical and cultural excursion around Canterbury and its magnificent English Gothic cathedral, one of the great symbols of Christian England.
What we will see
- The county of Kent
- Canterbury Cathedral
- The tomb of Thomas Becket
What we will do
- We set off by coach from the port of Dover and cut across the County of Kent, also known as the Garden of England for its lush landscape.
- Our destination is the city of Canterbury, one of the oldest centres of Christianity in England and historically one of the most important sites of pilgrimage in northern Europe, as recounted in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
- We begin with a walk around some of the city's typical, narrow streets before arriving at Canterbury Cathedral, a magnificent building that was extended and modified on several occasions over the years at the behest of one or other of the city's Archbishops.
- After a guided tour around the exterior of the building, we will be free to explore the interior and stop to admire the tomb of the most beloved saint in England, Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was assassinated in this very church in 1170, a victim of the fierce rivalry between Church and State at the time.
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