The Great Charter of Liberty

From its 13th Century roots in the English meadow of Runnymede, Magna Carta has transcended its original time and place to become one of the world's most recognized and enduring symbols of liberty under law.

The Great Charter of Liberty
An International Symbol

An International Symbol

Magna Carta’s global presence is evident in monuments and memorials, inscriptions and representations on public buildings, art, literature, culture and the media. Magna Carta has been a source of inspiration to statesmen, diplomats, and dissidents, including Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Significant Today

Significant Today

The story of Magna Carta began in 1215, but it continues eight centuries forward and is still unfolding. It is the story of modern constitutional government and its associated rule-of-law values. Today we connect Magna Carta to fundamental legal principles, including due process, speedy trials, the right to travel, and trial by jury.

Join the Conversation

Join the Conversation

Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th anniversary throughout 2015. Be a part of the conversation -- #magnacarta and #magnacarta800 -- or upload your own Magna Carta images on Instagram! You can also find out more about Magna Carta and anniversary events and activities.

Magna Carta over the Centuries

Magna Carta over the Centuries

Magna Carta’s journey began, not ended, when King John’s seal was affixed to it in 1215. Explore the 800-year journey of the Great Charter of Liberty through this interactive timeline that traces its path from a 13th Century parchment to a 21st Century icon.

An International Effort

2015 marks a global commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. See what others are doing to celebrate this icon.

An International Effort

Join the Conversation

Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th anniversary throughout 2015. Be a part of the conversation — #magnacarta and #magnacarta800 — or upload your own Magna Carta images on Instagram!  You can also find out more about Magna Carta and anniversary events and activities.