St Mary de Castro is a church in the grounds of Dover Castle, Kent, south-east England. It is a heavily restored Saxon structure, built next to a Roman lighthouse which became the church bell-tower. St Mary is still a thriving church serving the Army and local population, and is the church of the Dover Garrison.
The plaque on the outside this little cathedral reads:
Church of St. Mary-in-Castro
It was in ruins by 1720, and restored as the Garrison Church in 1826 by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
This little church might hold a hundred or more people, but it’s size is what makes it so quaint. Though not as majestic as some of the larger cathedral’s you find in Europe, you can still appreciate it’s simple beauty.
Imagine crossing the drawbridge of a real castle just to go to church. I’m pretty sure there’s a back entrance closer to a parking lot, but it’s still quite a walk. But that’s okay. People in Europe walk a lot more than Americans. Maybe we should follow their example.