Monday, 13 June 2011

The Light Tower Church

Oldest Church in Britain
Britain's oldest known church is in Dover, on Eastern Heights, standing within the Castle compound. Dedicated to Saint Mary The Virgin, it is complete with a Roman light tower, an important part of Britannia's heritage of the Roman Empire. This light tower has also been used as the church's bell tower, a use which made it an integral part of the church.

Church of Celtic Origin
Officially, the church is of Saxon construction, but there is a strong case that it was built by the Britons around the fourth century. This would make it Britain's oldest standing Celtic church.

Dover's church on Eastern Heights, standing above the port, is Britain's only light tower Church. It is testimony that the Empire passed from Rome to Britannia, Empress of Caesarea by the Sea.


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