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Ancient Church

This simple building may not catch the eye, so close to the splendour of Canterbury Cathedral - but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
andrewmZ2390UX
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New Haven, Connecticut
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Interesting historic church, try to go when open

I didn't get into this church as we were in Canterbury in March and it seemed to have few open... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KC_Adventuring
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 24 August 2018

Th story of this church I sjust amazing. You can also follow the walk of queen Bertha from the church into canterbury cathedral. Amazingly atmospheric

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 22 August 2018

Whether you are exploring for religious or secular reasons, this is a place that you should visit if in Canterbury. The principal section represents literally the oldest functioning church in England, but there is one part of the building that may even be Roman in origin. It is also surrounded by an interesting cemetery. We arrived just after Sunday Mass, and a friendly parishioner made sure that we had a guide card. I wish it were more of a museum, but since it still has an obviously active congregation, that is probably neither possible nor desirable.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 July 2018

The grounds are quite lovely here to see some old tombstones surrounding one of the oldest (if not oldest) active churches in England. The building is petite and charming.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nicole B
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

St. Martin's is said to be England's oldest church in continuous use. It's located off a fairly busy road in Canterbury, but the church yard itself is quiet and secluded, and seems more like a country church than a big-city church. It is not far from the ruins of St. Augustine's Abbey. The church is definitely not a ruin, but we were only able to see it from the outside due to the lateness of our arrival, Signage was minimal, so we were not able to learn much about the various architectural components of the church. At the time we visited, there was a large group of teenagers inhaling nitrous oxide in the church yard, so that sort cast a pall over an otherwise tranquil visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Canterbury and about 15 mins walk from the famous Canterbury Cathedral, this oldest church in continuous use in the entire English-speaking world, is often given a miss by tourist visiting the more well-known and famous Canterbury Cathedral. If you are a history buff and interested to know more about the spread of Christianity in England, you must not miss this church which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey.

Walking through St Martin's Church, some of whose oldest part were built during the Roman occupation of Britain, can take you to a bygone era when Christianity was trying to get foothold in England and a Christian princess from France married to a pagan Anglo-Saxon king from Kent, came here to pray regularly and this church went on to play a very important role in the spread of Christianity in England.

If you are planning to visit Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Abbey, then I would suggest to take out some time visit this gem. It’s worth the walk and the time spent.

Date of experience: July 2017
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