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Canterbury Cathedral

   Canterbury is a town in the south east of England about an hour and a half train ride from London. From what I recall it retains a lot of small town, medieval charm to it, though I am sure there was a quite modern portion that I missed. The two main reasons people visit the town are it Canterbury cathedral is an excellent example of the gothic style architecture where bigger was better. Though it does not boast a rotund tower, its arch ways are extremely impressive. Especially since it is the arches that support the rest of the structure.

   St. Agustin is credited with bringing Christianity to Britain. The Abbey is said to date back to the fifth century A.D. As you can see Mother Nature has taken her toll the Abbey. The pictures from the Abbey are in part two.

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Pay attention to the detail and the size of this structure. See how ornate the arches are? This was built at a time where they did not have the tools nor the knowledge we do today about building. Outdoor, natural light photo.

"Canterbury Cathedral"
This is the entrance of the great cathedral. The Arch Bishop of the Anglican church says Mass here, unlike a regular Bishop at St. Paul's. It is worth the trip to go down to Canterbury to see the Cathedral and the town. Outdoor, Natural light photo.

"Canterbury II"
A side view of the Cathedral. You can see more of the ornate design of it. Like St. Paul's, it is a formal Catholic Cathedral that was "converted" by the Eighth king named Henry (who had six wives). However it is far more ornate and far more grand than St. Paul's. Outdoor, natural light photo.

"Canterbury Arches"
This is the only photo that really came out from the inside, besides stain glass window shots. It is truly magnificent inside of it. The grandeur just awes you. As you can see the stain glass window's are all intact. I am not sure the reason, perhaps Canterbury did not get as much bombing, perhaps they were removed or replaced. Indoor, non-flash photo.

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