Fodor's Expert Review Christchurch Gate

Canterbury Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This huge 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 married in 1501 (when he was just 15). He died shortly afterwards, and Catherine married Henry. Jump forward 25 years, and Henry was king. But they had produced no male children, a fact Henry blamed on God's wrath that he'd married his sister-in-law. Catherine refused him a divorce, but Henry went ahead and did it anyway, creating an irrevocable breach with the Roman Catholic Church and altering the course of English history forever.

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Cathedral Close
Canterbury, Kent  CT1 2EH, England

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