St Augustine's Abbey

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Canterbury Cathedral, St. Augustine's Abbey, and St. Martin's Church *
Medieval Gate Leading to The Ruins of Saint Augustine's Abbey.
Country United Kingdom
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, vi
Reference 496
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1988 (12th Session)

St Augustine's Abbey was a Benedictine abbey in Canterbury, Kent, England.[1] It is named after Saint Augustine of Canterbury. It was founded during the early introduction of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons.[2]

The original church was built at the end of the 6th century. It was ordered by King Æthelberht of Kent. Building started in 598.[3]

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.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1.   "Abbey of Saint Augustine". Catholic Encyclopedia. (1913). New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 UNESCO, "Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church". Retrieved 2012-4-20. Archived 18 January 2010 at WebCite
  3. "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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Coordinates: 51°16′41.26″N 1°5′17.54″E / 51.2781278°N 1.0882056°E / 51.2781278; 1.0882056