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Christchurch Gate

  • Cathedral Close Map It
  • Canterbury
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

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

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Published 08/30/2016


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