Holy Trinity Church
Most famously known as the church where William Shakespeare was not only baptised but also buried, Holy Trinity Church (or The Church of the Holy Trinity), is a magnificently beautiful Grade I listed parish church that can be found in Stratford-Upon Avon in Warwickshire. It is also commonly referred to as 'Shakespeare's Church', for obvious reasons.
Situated on the banks of the river Avon, Holy Trinity Church was originally built on the site of a Saxon monastery, all the way back 1210, and to this day remains almost exactly as William Shakespeare himself would of known it as a child. However, many of it's beautiful works of art were sadly marred and disfigured during the 16th century protestant Reformation, including the carved images of Jesus around Balsall's tomb,as well as other notable images of the son of God. Though thankfully, much of the churches artefacts survived the attacks, including some original medieval stained glass (showing the resurrection and rebirth of Christ), and a sedilia canopy that depicts the face of Christ, though it has been widely debated that this canopy actually depicts the face of God, and not that of his son. Perhaps the most impressive surviving artefact is the pre 16th century altar slab, that was hidden under the churches floor, for protection during the Reformation, and later discovered and re-installed during Victorian times, now holding pride of place as the High Altar.
Other interesting artefacts and features of the church include a sanctuary knocker in the porch of the church, which is an ornamental knocker on the door of the church, that grants asylum (or 'sanctuary') to anybody who touches it, and is over 500 years old! Several spectacular stained glass windows, depicting English and Biblical Saints, and 15th century misericord seats also remain in the church.
Today, the church attracts over 200,000 visitors every year, making it Englands most visited Parish Church. Opening times are 9am-5pm (March-October),and 8.30am-6pm (April-September).