Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the 12th century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170. The Norman nave and transepts survived until the late 14th century, when they were demolished to make way for the present structures.
Visitors to Canterbury Cathedral can explore the cathedral and its grounds, and learn about the history of this important religious site. The cathedral is home to a number of beautiful and historic features, including the Gothic nave and stained glass windows.
In addition to the main cathedral, visitors can also visit the adjacent St. Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church, which are also part of the World Heritage Site.