The Greyfriars Chapel in Canterbury


This small and charming chapel is the best example of Franciscan architecture in all of England. It was the first English Franciscan Friary built in the 1220s, and was constructed during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi. Over time there grew to be a considerable monastery on the site, partly because it was so close to the Cathedral. Of course, the monastery was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, and the brothers were banished. It wasn’t until 430 years late (in 2003) that the Franciscans came back to this location; there are now Franciscans living and working at the Eastbridge Hospital and worshiping at this chapel.

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Posted on 15/04/2011, in Castles & Cathedrals, Exploring the UK, travel and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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