York Minster

York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, was a highlight of our recent visit. We strolled past it on multiple occasions, and finally got a chance to see the interior on our last day in York. (We went in shifts, since Charlie had come down with a fever and was housebound.) It’s hard to put a fixed date on the construction of York Minster, as it’s been “improved” and extended over the years, and portions have been rebuilt after fires and collapses. An Anglo-Saxon minster was built on the site in the 7th century, and replaced with a Norman minster in 1070. That building was rebuilt in stages in the Gothic style starting in 1220, though some of the towers weren’t added until the 15th century. In any case, it’s ancient and spectacular. Like “our” cathedral in Canterbury, the city has grown up around York Minster such that it’s hard to find a spot from which to view the entire cathedral. One can catch glimpses of it from afar, as seen in the pictures below. (Ok, it’s not there in the first shot, but “the shambles” deserved a shot.)

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The door at the west end (shown below) opens into the nave, but access to the general public is via the door on the south transept.

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Here are some shots from the south side of the cathedral:

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A plethora of interior shots:

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There was a stone mason’s workshop set up outside the cathedral, where stones were being carved as part of routine maintenance. Unfortunately, a fence kept onlookers far enough back that it was difficult to see the details of the work. (The shots below were taken on different days, and I think the piece being worked in the second photo is the same stone shown in the last picture.)

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