"Wow! It costs £9.50 (US$15) to get into Canterbury Cathedral? I thought admission to churches was free." Claims my wife Miryam.
"Once upon a time, Miryam. I guess they feel a tourist isn't going to church to pray, merely to gawp at art and architecture, so why shouldn't there be a charge to help maintain the building? Anyway, if you go for a service or mass, they generally don't charge. We are going to attend Sung Eucharist at 11:00 am today. There is no charge for attending the service, and afterwards we can wander around the cathedral at will."
We find seats in the beautiful quire area. We are facing the choir, which sings divinely including several well-known hymns and psalms. Even the sermon was inspiring, and the overall experience was so much more enlightening than just a guided tour around the building.
After the service, we wander around the magnificent cathedral. We see the spot where Thomas Becket was assassinated by followers of Henry II, and his shrine, which even today is a centre for pilgrimages. We see fascinating stained glass windows denoting Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which was written between 1387-92.
Upon exiting the church at 12:30, we are trampled by the £9.50 crowd entering to visit the cathedral.
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