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Canterbury Cathedral
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The magnificent sight of Canterbury Cathedral lingered in the memories of pilgrims such as Erasmus who wrote of "the majesty with which the church rises into the sky, so as to strike awe even at a distant approach; the vast towers, saluting from far the advancing traveler; the sound of bells, sounding far and wide through the surrounding country."

Approaching the entrance, visitors saw a sculpture above the door of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket slain by four knights near an altar. Entering the nave, the pilgrims gathered as some went directly to see the shrine, whi…

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Sarah Blick, “Canterbury Cathedral”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_00026>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023



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