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The south-west view of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ, Canterbury

The south-west view of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ, Canterbury

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1804

Shelfmark: Kotp XVI

Item number: 36-I

Genre: Topographical Print

Canterbury cathedral was rebuilt in the Romanesque style by its Norman archbishop, Lanfranc. It was the premier ecclesiastical seat in England and a major pilgrimage shrine. The cathedral was richly decorated throughout the centuries. In her posthumous travelogue 'Through England on a Side Saddle' (1888), Celia Fiennes called the Cathedral of Canterbury ''the finest site there''. Daniel Defoe described it as ''a noble pile of a building indeed, and looks venerable and majestic at a distance, as well as when we come nearer''.

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