Visit Canterbury by Mouse
The Cathedral itself is historic. Thomas Becket
was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by King Henry II
, and then went on to defend
the rights of the Catholic Church against the king's wishes. Becket was murdered there in 1170 AD by knights loyal to the King. The
exact spot is identified. It is because of the Cathedral and Becket's martyrdom that Canterbury has been the destination of pilgrims
who come to worship there at the Becket shrine. Indeed, this was the destination of the pilgrims in Chaucer's
".King Henry IV
is buried there. The cathedral burned down in 1174 and income from pilgrim donations helped rebuild it.
is close to the English Channel and was heavily damaged by German bombing in WWII. Some of the bombs uncovered remains
of Roman structures buried beneath present day Canterbury. One of these was interesting enough to inspire the building of a
museum over the site. The lowest floor of the museum is the uncovered floor of the Roman structure. Archeologists have
been able to reconstruct a great deal about the Roman way of life in Canterbury. Life sized displays in the museum show what
Roman shops were like.
The official tourist web site
has a long list of attractions in the area. One of these is the seaside resort of Herne Bay
near Reculver where the famous "dambusters
" practiced their runs before going off to destroy dams and inundate German industrial areas.