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Location address: UK, Medway, Rochester
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The Rochester diocese was founded by Justus, one of the missionaries who accompanied Saint Augustine of Canterbury to convert the pagan English to Christianity in the early 7th century. As the first bishop of Rochester, Justus was given permission by King Ethelbert of Kent to establish a church of St Andrew the Apostle (the same dedication as the monastery in Rome from which St Augustine and St Justus had set out for England) on the site of the present cathedral, which was made the home of a bishopric.
Rochester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Norman church in Rochester, Medway. The bishopric is the second oldest in England after Canterbury. It is a Grade I listed building (Number 1086423).
Besides the shrine of St Paulinus, the cathedral of Rocheste contained the relics of St Ithamar, the first Saxon to be consecrated bishop, and of St William of Perth, a murdered Scottish pilgrim. In 1201 the offerings at St William’s tomb were so great, that by their means the choir was rebuilt and the central tower was added (1343), thus completing the cathedral.