The second oldest cathedral in England, after Canterbury, founded in 604AD. The present building was rebuilt in 1080 by the French monk, Gundalf of Bec, the same architect responsible for the Tower of London. It was later expanded in the Gothic style and features a 14th Century door, also one of the oldest in England.
The forward torpedo room on U475, the "Black Widow", an ex-Russian hunter-killer submarine, currently...
Panorama of Chatham Dockside showing historic boat collection, the marina and St Mary's Island
Aylesford Priory is probably the most relaxing place in Mid Kent to spend a few hours contemplating l...
Home to many varieties of water fowl including Black Swans
The rosary garden at Aylesford Priory
Embedded with a military or mercenary platoon in woodland near the Kent village. They are apparently ...
Panorama of Manor Country Park by the lake, with Douce's Manor in the background
The old RAF Control Tower nearing completion of renovations to convert the building to an art gallery...
Hadlow Square, with the Casa Portuguesa Restaurant, and the Hadlow Folley
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.