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Building the Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral has been built, rebuilt, changed and adapted over hundreds of years. The building illustrates the changing style of architecture (the design of buildings) over the whole of the medieval period.

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Stone

Canterbury Cathedral is mostly made of stone because it is such a strong material and can be easy to carve. Much of the stone you can see in the building is a limestone that comes from Caen in France.

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Stained Glass

Stained glass is coloured glass joined together with a soft metal called lead. It can contain pictures and patterns and the windows of Canterbury Cathedral contain some of the oldest and most beautiful stained glass in the world.

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How is glass made?

People have been making glass for over 4000 years. The main ingredient in glass is sand however other substances are needed to make the sand easier to melt and also to add colour.

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Activities

How Did They Build That activity sheets

Click here to find a programme of curriculum linked classroom activities and resources to support the ‘How did they build that ’ resource.

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