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Savage reviews of Canterbury Cathedral we think are rather harsh

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Original article from Kent Live

Thousands of visitors flock to Canterbury Cathedral each year to marvel at the ancient attraction.

The historic gothic-style cathedral dates back to 597, when it served as a rich and powerful monastery of Benedictine monks in the 12th century, according to TripAdvisor.

New research by University College London (UCL) and cathedral conservators has recently indicated that some stained glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral may be among the oldest in the world.

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While re-dating some of the panels of the Ancestors of Christ, analysists discovered they may date back as far as the mid-1100s.

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This means they would have been in place when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was killed at the cathedral in 1170.

Incredible, right?

Well apparently not everyone is overly impressed, especially with the cost.

We picked out the Cathedral's harshest TripAdvisor critics and their baffling reviews:

"Shameful that you cannot get close to the Cathedral without having to pay"

One reviewer said it was "shameful that you cannot get close to the Cathedral without having to pay for the experience".

Caron M wrote: "I am not a religious person, but to see the Cathedral which has such historical significance would have made my trip to Canterbury.

"I just wanted to wander around the outside like you can at York Minster, Winchester Cathedral and I am sure many other places of worship of all denominations."

The review was posted in July 2021.

"I think it's disgusting"

Canterbury Cathedral

Another outraged visitor agreed with this complaint.

Toni d said: "I think it’s disgusting that you have to pay to even see the cathedral from the outside!

"This is a house of God and, as a strict Christian, this was very upsetting.

"It’s so sad that we are even making Christianity so commercialised.

"Why has such a national treasure been hidden away from everyone to see?"

The review was posted in June 2021.

"I feel very cheated"

Another customer was fuming over the price of a ticket.

Geraldine vented: "It has some great history, but there is nothing on the walls about the history.

"Also their student concession is only for locals. I feel very cheated that I had to spend £14 to get in."

The review was posted in May 2021.

'An ugly church with no information'

A snow-topped Canterbury Cathedral

One reviewer raged over the "ugly church" and lack of information surrounding the attraction.

Danielle v wrote: "If funding the cathedral is the purpose they did a good job.

"Other than that, on the inside there is an ugly church with no information given and where you have to pay extra to use an audioguide.

"The admission fee was £12.50 x 2 for us.

"Really expensive and then you just see a few expensive boards with faces of people working for the community.

"No information whatsoever on Thomas Beckett etc."

The review was written in February 2020.

"£12 to see the building and walk around? NO THANKS!"

Another experienced traveller was bewildered when asked to pay to see the cathedral from the outside.

Krosnodar said: "I have travelled quite a lot and it is 'normal' if you have to pay to get into a cathedral, however it is the first time that they tried to charge just to see the Cathedral from outside.

"£12 to see the building and walk around? NO THANKS!"

The review was written in February 2020.

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