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The Southeast Sights

Christchurch Gate

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Updated 05/27/2014

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This immense gate, built in 1517, leads into the cathedral close. As you pass through, look up at the sculpted heads of two young figures: Prince Arthur, elder brother of Henry VIII, and the young Catherine of Aragon, to whom Arthur was betrothed. After Arthur's death, Catherine married Henry. Her failure to produce a male heir after 25 years of marriage led to Henry's decision to divorce her, creating an irrevocable breach with the Roman Catholic Church and altering the

course of English history.

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Cathedral Close, Canterbury, CT1 2EH, England

Updated 05/27/2014


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