St Augustine's Abbey

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St Augustine's Abbey
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Abbot Fyndon's Great Gate, with Lady Wootton's Green in the foreground, is a private entrance into the King’s School. The public entrance to the abbey ruins is on Longport.[1]
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
Location England, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°16′41″N 1°5′18″E / 51.27806°N 1.08833°E / 51.27806; 1.08833Coordinates: 51°16′41″N 1°5′18″E / 51.27806°N 1.08833°E / 51.27806; 1.08833
Criteria Cultural: i, ii, vi
Reference 496
Inscription 1988 (12th Session)
Website www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/st-augustines-abbey/
St Augustine's Abbey is located in Kent
St Augustine's Abbey
Location of St Augustine's Abbey

St Augustine's Abbey was a Benedictine abbey in Canterbury, Kent, England.[2] It is named after Saint Augustine of Canterbury. It was founded during the early introduction of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons.[3]

The original church was built at the end of the 6th century. It was ordered by King Æthelberht of Kent. Building started in 598.[4]

The ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, together with Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin's Church, were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As a group, they are buildings which show the development of Christianity in Britain.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "St Augustine's Abbey". English Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2.  "Abbey of Saint Augustine". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
  3. 3.0 3.1 UNESCO, "Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church". Retrieved 2012-4-20. Archived 18 January 2010 at WebCite
  4. "Houses of Benedictine monks: The abbey of St Augustine, Canterbury", A History of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1926), pp. 126-133. British History Online. Retrieved 30 July 2010.

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