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St Augustine's Abbey

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St. Augustine's Abbey
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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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]
LocationCanterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
Part ofCanterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
Inscription1988 (12th Session)
Area8.42 ha (20.8 acres)
Coordinates51°16′44.0″N 1°5′13.5″E / 51.278889°N 1.087083°E / 51.278889; 1.087083Coordinates: 51°16′44.0″N 1°5′13.5″E / 51.278889°N 1.087083°E / 51.278889; 1.087083
St Augustine's Abbey is located in Kent
St Augustine's Abbey
Location of St Augustine's Abbey in Kent
St Augustine's Abbey is located in the United Kingdom
St Augustine's Abbey
St Augustine's Abbey (the United Kingdom)

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. Wikisource-logo.svg "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 2010-01-18 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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