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Jay-Z

I'm Just as Big as

The Real Magna Carta

7/18/2013 7:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Who's bigger ... Jay-Z or the Magna Carta -- the historic document that eventually gave Americans "certain inalienable rights" -- not his new album?

It's a toss up, but yeah ... Jigga paid his respects during a Sunday visit with the real-life Magna Carta -- the 13th Century document written in England, and forced upon King John in order to provide liberties and justice for all ... and stuff.

Jay-Z posed next to the MC in the Salisbury, England cathedral where it's kept under lock and key. 

Now, if he can just find the Holy Grail.

FUN FACT: The Magna Carta is the basis for the U.S. Constitution, and therefore most of our laws. But here's the thing -- do you remember what year the Magna Carta was signed?

Click here to make your history teacher proud. Or to embarrass yourself.

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