Chapter House (Viewpoint 16)

Click here to see a plan of the cathedral with Viewpoint 16 marked.

A chapter house is a building or room that forms part of a cathedral or monastery and is used for larger meetings.

The name arose from the Book of Benedict which was written in a series of short chapters – the daily business meeting in Benedictine monasteries started with the reading of one of these chapters.

Canterbury can claim the largest medieval Chapter House in England, although possibly not the most striking as some elsewhere are built in the shape of a polygon or are circular.  

Here are just four features not to miss: