We began in Canterbury with a guided tour of the town and it's landmarks. Canterbury has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and it was captured by the Romans in the 1st century AD. Because of its strong Christian basis with the Cathedral, it has been the cite of pilgrimage for hundreds of years. Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, written at the end of the 14th century, is the most famous account of such journeys.
|There are many historic churches in Canterbury, this is a portion of St. Peter's.|
|Just another lovely line of British shops, I can't get enough!|
The most iconic and architecturally stunning building in Canterbury is definitely the Canterbury Cathedral. It is the Cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England. It was founded in 597 by St. Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury. It was then completely rebuilt from 1070-1077.
St. Thomas, or Thomas Becket an Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered here in 1170.
Then following a fire in 1174 it was rebuilt as the first Gothic style structure in England.
|Danielle, Karina and I in front of the Cathedral.|
|All the windows were stained glass. I wish we could have seen their full beauty from the inside!|
|Because of its long history, there are crumbling ruins all over the town.|
|An old window outside the Cathedral.|
|This building, The Conquest House, is now a cafe and shop, but dates back to Roman times and is one of the oldest buildings in Canterbury.|
|Great sign outside The Pilgrim's Refectory pub in the Conquest House.|
|Danielle, Romela, Karina and I in the ruins of the castle.|
|The St. Mildred church, which is the oldest pre-conquest church still standing in Canterbury.|
|I include this photo only because this now American Pancake House is where the Mayflower Compact was signed. Canterbury is a town with so much history, there are some understandable challenges moving it into the 21st century ;)|
|The tree lined pathway leading to the castle.|
|There were so many birds on the grounds. Ducks, several different species of swan, and even peacocks.|
|One of the gardens on the way to the castle.|
|This was my first time going through a maze and let's just say, mazes are much more fun in thought than in practice.|
|I had to run after a little girl who seemed to know what she was doing more than we did, but we made it.|
|Strange, random, and very Pirates of the Caribbean.|
The castle itself, complete with a moat, was definitely impressive.
|I have decided that little Alice in Wonderland doors are just everywhere in old buildings. :)|
|An old window with its bars.|
|Lady Baille's bedroom.|
|Much of the interior was decorated with the various birds that inhabit the castle grounds.|
|As usual, the library was my favorite room.|
|I can pretend to be Belle, even just for a few moments.|
|The front of the castle.|
I don't think I will ever tire of seeing castles. :)