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Rochester Cathedral, Summer

Rochester Cathedral

When we went to Rochester to see the castle, we found there was time left to visit the cathedral. I like cathedrals a lot; they are grand in general and rather pretty, and whilst churches and other religious buildings are lovely too (the large mandir in London is astoundingly beautiful), there is just something about cathedrals. Their history and sheer size are breath-taking. And in the case of Rochester there is the association with Dickens, a few ruins, and a large crypt you can walk around.

Not surprisingly, I took many photographs inside Rochester. I’m happy to say you can take pictures without paying (some cathedrals charge) and there is no entry fee. Looking back at my photographs the other day I thought I might share them with you all so that you could see the building for yourselves.

Rochester Cathedral's nave

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral's organ

Rochester Cathedral's main altar

Rochester Cathedral's choir

Rochester Cathedral's plaque for Charles Dickens

The plaque reads: Charles Dickens. Born at Portsmouth. Seventh Of February 1812. Died at Gadshill Place By Rochester. Ninth of June 1870. Buried in Westminster Abbey. To connect his memory with the scenes in which his earliest and his latest years were passed, and with the associations of Rochester Cathedral and its neighbourhood which extended over all his life. This tablet. With the sanction of the Dean and his Chapter, is placed by his Executors.

Rochester Cathedral's crypt

The crypt. Mainly empty except for this tiny altar.

Rochester Cathedral's nave

The ruins of the old house at Rochester Cathedral

Do you like visiting religious buildings as a tourist?



March 7, 2014, 9:07 am

Definitely! I love visiting all old building – love experiencing the history of it.

Thanks for sharing, Charlie! It looks beautiful, makes me want to go visit myself.


March 7, 2014, 9:11 am

Beautiful pictures, Charlie! Thanks for sharing.


March 7, 2014, 5:56 pm

I love visiting cathedrals. Thank you for sharing some more beautiful photos.


March 7, 2014, 8:44 pm

On a short visit to England, we laughed about feeling the need to see one castle or palace and one church or cathedral each day.


March 8, 2014, 11:16 am

Gorgeous building! I definitely like visiting buildings like this when I am exploring a city.


March 15, 2014, 10:22 am

Alice: It is lovely, I hope you’re able to go :)

Vishy: Thank you!

Jessica: They are definitely ‘epic’!

Jeanne: Oh yes, I know that sort of feeling about places. Must see landmarks the country is famous for/has many of!

Marg: It’s nice, isn’t it? I’ve always thought it rounds a trip off, so to speak.



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