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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

York Minster

York Minster is one of Britain's finest cathedrals. Constructed over 200 years from the 1220s to 1470, York Minster is a must-see on any visit to the historic city of York in northern England.

York Minster, York, UK

The first wooden church near the site was built for the baptism of the Anglo Saxon King, Edwin of Northumbria in 627. Later a stone Norman church was begun nearby, remains of which can be seen in the Undercroft.

York Minster, England, UK

From 1220 this Norman church was gradually enlarged to become the Minster we see today, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in northern Europe after Cologne Cathedral. The earlier Roman influence on York can also be appreciated from the remains of Emperor Constantine's palace that are located under the central tower.

York Minster

York Minister is known for its famous Rose Window (shown in the photograph above) and the Great East Window, (completed in 1408), the largest area of medieval stained glass in the world, showing scenes from Genesis and Revelation - the beginning and end of the world.

The Minster has been damaged by fire and other calamities (there was extensive damage done in the English Reformation) and repaired over time including as recently as 1984, when a roof was destroyed in a blaze.

York Minster

York Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, after the Archbishop of Canterbury, with his seat in Canterbury Cathedral, the second-highest office of the Church of England.

The church plays host to various musical concerts, which can be booked online. There is also a shop within the church selling CDs of music from York Minster, books and carvings.

York Minster

York Minster
Administration offices:
10-14 Ogleforth, York
Tel: 0844 939 0011

Admission 9 GBP
Hours: Monday - Saturday: open 9am (9.30am November- March); last entry 5.30pm

Sunday: 12.00 noon - 3.45pm

No sightseeing on Good Friday and Easter Sunday or on Sundays before 12.00 noon

York Minster is a pleasant 700m walk from York Station. There are train services to York from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester International Airport as well as London Euston.

York Minster, York

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