Dover Castle, Kent

St. Mary-in-Castro, Dover Castle, Kent

St. Mary's is the church inside the walls of Dover Castle. The church mostly pre-dates the Castle itself, although it was built inside the walls of an Iron Age Hillfort which was converted into a Roman Fortress. By the side of the Church stands the remains of one of two Roman lighthouses.

St. Mary's is mostly Saxon, although it has been altered on numerous occasions since then, notably during the Victorian period when considerable restoration work was undertaken throughout the Castle. Enough Saxon work remains to get some idea of its original size and shape.

It is worth having a look at St. Mary's and the Pharos which stands next to it when visiting the Castle.

The whole site, including the World War II tunnels under the Castle, is owned by English Heritage and open throughout the year.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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