Canterbury is England’s oldest Cathedral, founded in 597, and its architecture, stained glass and collections together chart the history of a nation as the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Welcoming a million visitors each year, Canterbury Cathedral is the home of a community of people who seek to make the Cathedral a place of welcome, learning and holiness.
Today, Canterbury hosts some 2,400 services and events each year and welcomes visitors from around the world, including 100,000 schoolchildren. The Cathedral remains a significant place of pilgrimage, ignited by the martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, and captured beautifully by Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust provided a grant for the restoration/replacement of the Cathedral’s Great South Window.