Today is International World Heritage Day.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines heritage as ‘our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations’. It sees both our cultural and natural heritage as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
The Canterbury World Heritage Site includes Canterbury Cathedral, a stunning Romanesque and Gothic building and Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion; St Martin’s Church, the oldest church in England in continuous use and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, founded shortly after 597AD when St Augustine arrived on the shores to re-introduce Christianity. Together, these three monuments represent hugely important milestones in the history of Christianity in Britain.
The Canterbury World Heritage Site was inscribed in 1988.
Further information is available here.