I first saw York Minster in 1970 from the railway going from Newcastle to London. I instantly knew that I had to have a closer look. Alas, it was not until the summer of 2006 that I got a second chance.
The minster stands on a small hill by the old city wall. The top picture shows a model of the church with surrounding buildings. There have been several churches at the site, dating all the way back to 627, but the building of the present Gothic Cathedral was started in 1230 and finished in 1472. There have been several fires (the latest in 1984), but the church have always been restored.
The second pictures shows the western front of the Cathedral while the third is taken from the entrance at the same end. I am not a religious person, but I never use a flash inside a church if it is not expressively permitted. Since I did not have a tripod - the gate had to do the job.
For the picture of the cross, the head of my daughter was my tripod
Which it also had to for the choir screen with statues of many of the old English kings.
York Minster is famous for its many stained glass windows. Here is one of them. Taken with the back of a chair as tripod.
We'll be back!
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