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Canterbury Cathedral

This page has not been updated since June 2014.


Christian (Anglican) pilgrim site

Canterbury is a city in the South of England about half way between London and the South coast. Canterbury Cathedral is both the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and the shrine of Thomas Becket, murdered in the church in the 12th century AD.

The Thomas Beckett window in Canterbury Cathedral
Miracles associated with Beckett’s tomb drew pilgrims early on and thousands visit annually to this day. Canterbury is itself the beginning point of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and the Via Francigena (to Rome).

The Cathedral is just at the beginning of the process of greening the pilgrimage and its environment and is drawing together local parish churches that are on the pilgrim routes. The Cathedral team is hoping to learn from other Green Pilgrim Network members to help build their "eco" relationship with the local city administration.

Canterbury Cathedral website

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