Christ Church Gate

Canterbury is very much the typical European town with it’s narrow streets and old buildings. As you approach the old town square, you notice a very old stone entrance, several stories tall. This is the main entrance to Canterbury Cathedral. Known as Christ Church Gate, it has a large statue of Jesus above the entrance, surrounded by smaller statues of angels. 

The Norman gateway was built in 1517. The christ figure and the original gates were destroyed around 1642 and the original turrets were taken down in 1830. The carving and artwork of the gate was restored in 1932 and the turrets rebuilt in 1937. You have to wonder what it would look like if all the carvings were painted and not worn by time and weather.
  

 

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