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Canterbury Cathedral is among the most famous destinations you can encounter during a tour of England, but there have been concerns about whether it will have to close its doors to visitors. The iconic church, which is more than 1,400 years old, is in need of extensive repairs but does not have the funding to complete them. Still, officials at the cathedral are confident they will not have to prevent tourists from making the pilgrimage, according to Religion News Service.
Although Canterbury Cathedral may be one of the most regularly visited religious buildings in England, it is certainly not the only one travelers make a point to include on their itineraries. For instance, Salisbury Cathedral is a perfect example of early English architecture that has stood the test of time. Not only that, but at 404 feet, the cathedral has the tallest spire in the United Kingdom - certainly no small feat for a church that was completed in 1258.
London's St. Paul's Cathedral has been a staple of the city since approximately the year 600, and although it has been rebuilt twice due to fires, it still stands as an icon of the British capital. You shouldn't just admire it from afar, however. Make your way inside to appreciate the intricate artwork that adorns the dome including frescoes of the life of St. Paul, notes the Daily Mail.
To round out your tour of England cathedrals, stop by the Lincoln Cathedral, which is viewed as one of the best pieces of Gothic architecture in the world. Though construction began in the 10th century, it wasn't completed until 300 years later, and given its immense size - it was believed to be the tallest building in the world at one point - it's easy to see why.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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