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Garrison Church (Portsmouth)

The Garrison Church is a very historic place of worship in the old maritime city of Portsmouth.

The church, situated on Governor's Green, has a 13th century nave, and was used by the city's defensive garrison.

It was severely bombed in 1941 during the Second World War and, like the old Coventry Cathedral, left open to the sky as a comment on the futility of war.

The alternative name for the church is the Domus Dei, as it was a hospital founded in 1212.

Charles II and Catherine of Braganza were married here in 1662. They had arrived at Portsmouth by sea, and entered through the Sally Port.

General Napier is buried in the churchyard.

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