Becket was canonised in 1173, and Canterbury quickly grew to be one of the four greatest pilgrimage destinations in Europe. The significance of Becket as a saint and the importance of Canterbury as a place of pilgrimage can be seen by looking at the quantity and types of object connected with his cult. These range from the highly expensive to the cheap and mass-produced. Numerous caskets were made to hold relics of the saint; pilgrim badges and other objects were sold at shrines as evidence of pilgrimage or in the hope of continued protection.
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