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Canterbury is a cathedral city in the County of Kent in southeast England. It lies on the River Stour that flows into the North Sea.
Canterbury is a popular tourist destination. It is one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom. The city's economy is heavily reliant upon tourism. Canterbury has a population of about 55,000.
The city's cathedral became a major focus of pilgrimage following the 1170 martyrdom of Thomas Becket. Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral by followers of the king. The interior of the Cathedral is stunningly beautiful.
Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. It was founded in 597 and was completely rebuilt between 1070 and 1077. It is 525 feet (160 m) long, has five towers and 14 bells. It inspires awe. The Cathedral is being restored and is covered in scaffolding. We went up on the scaffolding to see the work in progress and to admire the view of Canterbury.