(TALES AND ALL)
11.12.2011 40 °F
Canterbury turned out a bit different than I had imagined: The town itself seemed smaller than I thought it would be (and more tourist-oriented), but the Cathedral was so much more grand than I had pictured. In fact, most of the pictures I posted are of the Cathedral (although no mere photograph can capture the sheer size and beauty of the place). The Cathedral was begun in 597, and added to and refined throughout the years. It's the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the leader of the Church of England. In 1170 Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral by knights of King Henry II. Pilgrims who visited the shrine to Becket's martyrdom and their journeys are described by Geoffrey Chaucer in his famous "Canterbury Tales." Of course, there is much, much more history to the Cathedral (and the town) - well-worth looking into. Amazing place.
My next stop will be Brighton, before the hop up to Heathrow and back to the States.