Magnificent Canterbury Cathedral

Greetings from London! We had an incredible day today. We met outside our flats at 9am and walked to the Oxford Circus tube station. We took the tube to St Pancras Station. While Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno went to purchase our tickets for the Southeastern High Speed Rail to Canterbury, Dr. Musa took the students outside to see the beautiful exterior of the station.

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We boarded our train at 10:30 and departed for Canterbury. After about an hour, we arrived at our destination. We walked from the Canterbury station into the village of Canterbury. It was a beautiful day and we were all impressed when we caught our first glimpse of the Cathedral. As part of our course, we had read and discussed a few of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but seeing the Cathedral gave us all a new understanding of why this place was so significant for Chaucer’s pilgrims.

There has been a cathedral on this site since 597 AD, when St. Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great, arrived in Canterbury as the first Archbishop. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered here upon the orders of King Henry II. Since then, Canterbury Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims.

The students toured the Cathedral and experienced the many styles of architecture (Norman, Romanesque, Gothic) and the beautiful stained glass windows dating from the 12th to 14th centuries. We learned about the rich history of the Cathedral and many students commented on how amazing and special it was to be there. It is really not possible to capture the magnificence and grandeur of this place with pictures, and there are some parts of the Cathedral where photography is prohibited, but please enjoy a few images from our visit.

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After seeing the Cathedral, we had some free time to explore and enjoy the medieval village of Canterbury. We met in front of the Cathedral and went to Canterbury station to take the train back to London. We headed back to our flats to get some rest and prepare for another busy day tomorrow. As you can see, some of us began resting before we reached our flats.

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Perhaps it wasn’t just the pilgrimage to Canterbury that tired Dr. Firenze and Dr. Saraceno so much. After their disastrous foray into the competitive world of couples figure skating, they decided to give bobsledding a try. Unfortunately, they just could not get the timing right. Over-excited by the enthusiastic response from the crowd, Dr. Saraceno kept jumping in too early…causing Dr. Firenze to be dragged behind the sled. As you can imagine, this had a substantial negative impact on their time.

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Let’s hope they fare better with a different sport.
Check back tomorrow for another update. Cheers from London!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 23, 2014.

One Response to “Magnificent Canterbury Cathedral”

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