The tour to Canterbury will take you to a new world, deep into the ancient heart of England. Soon after you’ll pass the fortified stone wall you’ll step into a world of wood and stone, from place to place seeming unchanged by the hundreds of years.
Being a town of historical sense, Canterbury’s attractions are constituted by the city wall which surrounded and protected the town against invaders, the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury castle and the oldest church in England still in use – St. Martin of Canterbury.
The cathedral is one of the most significant constructions in Canterbury. It was constructed in 1070, right after the Norman Conquest, on the location of a former Anglo-Saxon church, destroyed by Danish thieves. The primary access point to the cathedral is Christ Church Gate, decorated with the statue of Christ looking sinisterly down from its center. Western Twin Towers and Henry Tower(71 meters) are superb ornamented. In the north-west there is The Martyrdom, where, on its returning from exile, Becket was murdered by four knights after King Henry II had an outburst of anger. In the eastern part of the cathedral, in Trinity Chapel, stood on the old tomb, the Sword Point altar – destroyed in 1538, at the order of Henry VIII, after a post-mortem trial where Becket was posthumously condemned for high treason. Inside the cathedral you will see beautiful effigies of brass and the Black Prince(d. 1376), as well as the beautifully carved alabaster tomb of Henry IV and his queen – Joan of Navarre.
The city is dominated by the central tower – the Bell Harry Tower, which was completed in 1503 and which houses a single bell – of course, known under the name of Henry.