Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Castles, Cliffs and Cathedrals

Our last trip down to Dover and Canterbury was definitely a full day. I feel like I saw too much to just tell you about -- so the pictures are going to take this one.
The White Cliffs of Dover

Dover Castle -- built in 1066, then built a little more in 1179.
Underneath is a maze of secret tunnels, expanded by prisoners
in the Napoleonic wars, and then by soldiers in WWII. This
is the command post of the famous evacuation of Dunkirk. I tried
my hardest to imagine all these things actually happening there
as I walked through the tunnels, but it was almost surreal.

Ignore the big red thing and then
it's cooler.

Outside Canterbury Cathedral

The cathedral was beautiful!

"The candle burns where the SHRINE of St. THOMAS of CANTERBURY stood from 1220 to 1538 when it was destroyed by order of King Henry VIII."
This candle is never supposed to stop burning.
Thomas Becket was Henry VIII's best friend growing up, and Henry gave Thomas church authority, thinking that it would allow him to have more rule of the church if his friend was in power. History's common story took its common course -- someone who put their friend in a position of power doesn't exactly get what they planned on. When Henry realized his friend had changed his allegiance from the court to the Church, he exclaimed, "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?" It's unclear what his true meaning was, but some of his followers took it literally and went to Canterbury Cathedral to find Thomas. He knew they were coming but refused to lock the doors, saying that he would never stop anyone from entering the House of the Lord. The men entered, tried to get him to come outside, and Thomas was killed inside the church during the tormenting. It's unclear if it was a murder or accident, or if it was the King's true intent -- the memorial to Thomas will always be there, no matter what the true story is.

This house is "wonky," meaning not straight. This happens when they build the house with new wood, and then it changes shape as it dries out. I love the door!

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