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“Charming old church”

St. Martin's Church
Ranked #4 of 109 things to do in Canterbury
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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.

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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.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Small, very old church from 1400. There was a small brochure so you could walk around and see what things are. And also someone in the church happy to fill you in.

Thank loving_midlife
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This is a small church not far from St Augustine’s Abbey and the main tourist area. It is from the 4th century and in great shape still. It is a lovely church with an interesting cemetery surrounding it. It is easy to find and worth taking time to visit if you like old churches and this one is the oldest!

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

St Martin's hill, the site of the church, has several natural springs, and was the origin of the medieval water supply to the monks at Canterbury Cathedral. It is possible that a Roman (or Romano-Celtic) temple to a water god or godess was here, forming the foundation of Queen Bertha's chapel. Nobody really knows! But there is a depth of spirituality that can be sensed in this little church that seems to stretch way back....

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