February 18, 2015

Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, England

Photograph by Matt Cardy, Getty Images

The nave in Salisbury Cathedral appears to go on forever. The medieval church inspired the fictional Kingsbridge cathedral in Ken Follett’s novel The Pillars of the Earth. It holds the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta—the 1215 charter of citizens’ rights familiar to every civics student. Near the cathedral, stallholders selling hog roasts, honey, olives, and English wines gather for the Charter Market, held twice weekly since the 13th century.

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