Shrine of St Thomas Becket Digitally Reconstructed

Photo: University of York

A shrine to St Thomas Becket who was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral 850 years ago has been reconstructed using CGI.

The memorial was built in Trinity Chapel but was destroyed during the Reformation in 1538.

Researchers at York University have used all currently available evidence to reconstruct how the shrine would have looked in 1408.

They say up to 100,000 pilgrims would have visited the shrine every year.

The researchers say they believe the shrine was built between 1180 and 1220, and its construction would have probably taken more than 30 years.

Dr John Jenkins, historical researcher on the reconstruction team from the history department of History and the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture at the University of York, said: “Our CGI reconstruction uses all currently available evidence to reconstruct how the shrine could have looked.

“This includes contemporary eye-witness accounts, surviving fragments and information on the materials used and the accessibility and location of the shrine within the church.”

Read the full story on BBC News

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