• Officials maintain Canterbury Cathedral not closing its doors

    2013-05-14

    There are few religious sites more recognizable than England's famed Canterbury Cathedral. The enormous structure has been around for around 1,400 years, but time has certainly taken its toll. Rumors have been swirling as of late about whether the cathedral would close to visitors due to its need for extensive repairs, but a spokesperson for the cathedral says that's not the case, according to Religion News Services.

    An estimated two-thirds of the building needs work done, and it recently lost out on an estimated $16.2 million grant that would have helped complete some of them. Closing the cathedral's doors would be a hit to about one million visitors who make their way to the landmark each year. Despite the need for repairs, officials are confident they won't have to shut down operations.

    "The Germans didn't force us to close Canterbury Cathedral during the Second World War," spokesperson Christopher Robinson told the news source. "So there's no chance it will be closed to visitors because we need to carry out some urgent repairs."

    While the Canterbury Cathedral may be the most well known, England is home to many other impressive churches. For instance, the Lincoln Cathedral - completed in the 12th century - stands as a shining example of Gothic architecture.

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