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Tour York Minster, England

Friday, February 19, 2010

This evening, I am posting images of York Minster, a famous Cathedral located in Northern England.

Christianity in York dates back to Roman times but can be traced for certain from AD 625 under Bishop Paulinus. The current building dates from 1080-1110 under the Norman archbishop Thomas of Bayeux. This building was subsequently modified, extended and embellished on numerous occasions, viz:

  • 1220- present building begun.
  • 1253-north transept completed.
  • 1291 - work on nave begun.
  • rebuilding of quire and east end over period of 250 years.
  • 1407 - central tower partially collapsed
  • 1829 and 1840 saw two serious fires.
  • 1967 witnessed start of 5 yr rescue operation to stabilise the building.
  • 1984 witnessed another fire which destroyed roof of the south transept.
This is a truly magnificent building which is also a popular visitor attraction receiving a million visitors each year. It is also possible to climb up the tower for a helicopter view of the Minster and York .


Astronomical Clock dedicated 1955

Famous Rose window restored after the 1984 fire.


Vaulting over the nave

Processional Cross, 1912

Clerestory Windows

Chapel of St. John
South Quire Aisle


Flying buttresses on exterior
View from the Tower

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York Minster, York, England

Friday, February 12, 2010

This evening the focus of my post is York Minster in York, following a short visit earlier today. This is a truly stunning building of major historic significance.

The name Minster is a derivation of Mynster which is an Anglo-Saxon name for missionary church.

The current cathedral is located on a very historic site dating back to Roman times, specifically the Roman Principia where Constantine may have been proclaimed Emperor in AD306. Saxon and Viking grave markers have also been found.

A Norman Cathedral was commenced 1080 with further extensions and embellishments in1160AD (new eastern arm), 1220 (South Transept commenced),1270 (North Transept), 1290 (Chapter House), 1340 ((Nave),1373 (Lady Chapel) and 1470 (Central Tower).

The Minster suffered fire damage in 1829, 1840 and 1984.

From an architecture perspective,the building includes Early English Gothic, Decorated Gothic and Perpendicular Gothic.

I hope to undertake a more detailed visit of the Cathedral and climb the 275 steps up the Central Tower to avail of the spectacular views over the City and Vale of York. Should prove good exercise and burn a few caleries up!
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