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St. Augustine's Abbey
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Augustine Abbey.jpg
Abbot Fyndon's Great Gate, with Lady Wootton's Green in the foreground, is a private entrance into the King’s School. The public entrance to the abbey ruins is on Longport.[1]
LocationCanterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
Part ofCanterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
Reference496-002
Inscription1988 (12th Session)
Area8.42 ha (20.8 acres)
Websitewww.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/st-augustines-abbey/
Coordinates51°16′44.0″N 1°5′13.5″E / 51.278889°N 1.087083°E / 51.278889; 1.087083Coordinates: 51°16′44.0″N 1°5′13.5″E / 51.278889°N 1.087083°E / 51.278889; 1.087083

St Augustine's Abbey was a Benedictine abbey in Canterbury, Kent, England.[2] It is named after Saint Augustine of Canterbury. It was founded during the early introduction of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons.[3]

The original church was built at the end of the 6th century. It was ordered by King Æthelberht of Kent. Building started in 598.[4]

The ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, together with Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin's Church, were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As a group, they are buildings which show the development of Christianity in Britain.[3]

References

  1. "St Augustine's Abbey". English Heritage. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/st-augustines-abbey/. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2.   "Abbey of Saint Augustine". Catholic Encyclopedia. (1913). New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 UNESCO, "Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church". Retrieved 2012-4-20. Archived 2010-01-18 at WebCite
  4. "Houses of Benedictine monks: The abbey of St Augustine, Canterbury", A History of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1926), pp. 126-133. British History Online. Retrieved 30 July 2010.

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