Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church



CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationCounty of Kent, England
CoordinatesN51 16 48 E1 4 60
Inscription Date1988
Property (ha)18
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
Unesco Reference Number496
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/496
DescriptionCanterbury, in Kent, has been the seat of the spiritual head of the Church of England for nearly five centuries. Canterbury's other important monuments are the modest Church of St Martin, the oldest church in England; the ruins of the Abbey of St Augustine, a reminder of the saint's evangelizing role in the Heptarchy from 597; and Christ Church Cathedral, a breathtaking mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170.
StatusWorld Heritage Site