jonathan stott photography

St. Mary de Castro church and Roman Pharos, Dover Castle

Dover Castle, Kent

St. Mary de Castro church and Roman Pharos, Dover Castle

The Roman pharos (or lighthouse) at Dover was built some time shortly after the Roman Conquest in 43AD. It stands some 80ft (24m) tall, most of which is original. It was later adapted as the bell tower for the adjacent church. There was a similar lighthouse at the Western Heights.
 
The church dates from the Saxon period around 1000AD. It was used for public worship up until 1690 after which it began to fall into disrepair and by 1800 it was only used as a coalstore. George Gilbert Scott restored the church between 1860 and 1862, shortly followed by William Butterfield in 1888. The church now serves the army and local people and is the Dover Garrison Church.

Similar Photos
Dover Castle
Dover Castle
5,279 views *
Dover Castle from St. Martin's Battery
Dover Castle from St. Martin's Battery
6,400 views * *
Dover Castle from Western Heights
Dover Castle from Western Heights
8,096 views * *