Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Y is for York Minster in ABC


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!






PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

45 comments:

Gary said...

Luckily I only live a short drive from the Minster and have visited it as often as I can - it's certainly a wonderful place and you have captured its beauty brilliantly.

Clever use of daughter for tripod too!!

Did you climb the tower steps for the view from the top??

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's a majestic building, Rune. I can see why you'd want to see it up close.

me ann my camera said...

Thank you for the most beautiful photos, this is a wonderful visual tour.
Ann at:
varying seasons

Texas Travelers said...

Great post. I really like the history and information.
Beautiful photographs.
Nice job.

I say Yes to Y.
Come visit our "Y's",
Troy and Martha

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rune, I love the great British Cathedrals. I always feel very small, surrounded by walls that are so old and so full of history. Every stone has a story to tell.Beautiful photos! Thanks for showing, because this is a cathedral I haven't seen yet.

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

This is very Impressive Runee,

I have not been in YORK neither in this church, this are fantatstic shots

Thanks and Happy ABC

my imaginary said...

oh...it is beautiful place

Mine in here. Thanks

Picturing of Life said...

wow...i wish i could go there, someday ;)

Visit mine also in here Thanks

Daniel J Santos said...

fantastic images, excellent Y.

Kim said...

The back of a chair made a really good tripod for you because these photos are wonderful. I love the intricacy in the church, very beautiful.

Judy said...

What a beautiful place.

Dina said...

Rune, I'm so glad you picked this Y. There is nothing grander and more glorious than an old Gothic cathedral!
Your daughter must be quite steady. I'll remember your improvised tripods.

starnitesky said...

Beautiful photos of York Minster, I love York and the Minster, my daughter graduated from York Minster, a day I will never forget.

leslie said...

We were in York only briefly so didn't have time to go inside. However, I do have photos of the exterior and one of my daughter sitting on the steps outside. I've mentioned York today, too.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

WOW... what a majestic place.. just reading about this is incredible!!
What an amazing place! The photos are beautiful!

John said...

Igjen en meget flott og informasjonsrik post. Her har du fanget mange fine komposisjoner Rune, spesielt det som er tatt fra inngangen. Excellent Y post!

Hyde DP said...

Thanks for your lovely tribute to this treasure. York is of course the centre of God's own country and the Minster is a wonderful place.

Petrus said...

Yes York is a great place and I like your photographs.

I enjoyed the Jorvik Exibition and also taking a boat trip down the river is well worth the effort. So much to do - the Roman remains and walking the walls - plus railway museum.

Everything !

Paulie said...

To celebrate my 500th post, I am making a couple awards for bloggers that had a special influence on my blogging. You are one of them with your "Bridges Between" monthly blog challenge. I made you something special so come and pick it up for your site. Resize it if you need to. . .

I also have my "Y" up early for me so you have to look below it to find your little gift. Ü (I am still trying to catch up on visiting everyone for Bridges Between and Odd Shots.)

I enjoyed reading about Your York Minster cathedral. The photos were very revealing and beautiful! There is only one thing I would disagree about your words. . . I think those are carvings of saints and not kings that are in the church. Your photos prove that it was worth a return trip!

babooshka said...

I absolutely love the place. These are fabulous images. You have captured the spiritual feeling you get there. It's a beutiful city, one of may favourites in the uk. Great post, with all the info too. Really great to virtually revisit

Andrea said...

That is gorgeous. I would love to see that with my own eyes. Stunning shots.

Bear Naked said...

Your photos inside York Minister are beautiful.
Thank you for taking us on the tour.

Bear

Katney said...

242 years! They were very patient!

You have captured it very nicely. Sigh! I want to come visit.

Tash said...

Wonderful photos. I just love cathedrals. Thanks for yours.

photowannabe said...

Amazing pictures of the ancient cathedral. Your "tripod" worked perfectly.

evlahos said...

fantastic indoor captures.

I wish you a great summer

ArneA said...

I visited York Minster in 1999 when visiting our daughter at her graduation from Hull University. At that time there was a major reconstruction going on, so it is nice to see your photos of this magnificent building

Denise said...

One of our favourite destinations for a Sunday afternoon bike ride. We often sit at the cafe opposite the large window and enjoy a cup of tea and the tourists! Often japanese taking photographs! LOL!

CrazyCath said...

I've been there and it is beautiful. I last went in 1984 - before the fire - when the Rose window needed to be protected and repaired. This is a great post and an ingenious Y!

CaBaCuRl said...

Great idea for Y, & so far the only York Minster I have come across.It really dominates the skyline of York, doesn't it.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Amazing photography. The things you took pictures of are just outstanding.

Patty and I will be celebrating 53 years of marriage on July 12th. Think of it as a long-term relationship.

I have invited bloggers to offer suggestions on a gift for me to give Patty and the list would not be complete without your ideas.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Gordon said...

A wonderful Y post; a beautiful cathedral and very well photographed.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" always enjoys photos of these old churches. Thanks both to you and your tripod-head daughter - not to mention the choir chair!

Over at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo, "Louis" and his 'Editor' Yell at each other both in the text and in the comments....

Neva said...

Stunning...just stunning.....a very good choice for today.....

nonizamboni said...

Thank you for the tour of a place I'm sure I would love visiting! Love your unusual tripods :O)
Great photos, as always.

ExpatKat said...

Thanks for the pics of York Minster, Runee. So beautiful. I remember going there as a child on a school trip. Now I'm so far from home it's great to be reminded of the beautiful architecture.

TSannie said...

Beautiful church - great Y post!

Suzi-k said...

Rune, these are wonderful, please pass thanks to your daughter for making these views possible, and so glad you have this great blog where those of us who live far away can share in the lovely images you take! I enjoy the perspective provided by the bronze 3D map too. Did you see the movie Elizabeth the Golden Age? The interior cathedral shots in it are works of art! And the dvd shows the behind the scenes making of the movie which was fascinating.

Sara said...

A wonderful place that I hope to see someday, and perfect for "Y."

You are lucky to live where you do in many ways, one of which is that it is not a major undertaking and expense to visit all the wonderful places in Europe! I envy you that. Getting there from California is another story altogether (sigh).

Blue said...

Terrific post.
I too have been to York Minster & enjoyed re-visiting it via you.

imac said...

Ahhh Rune ny friend, I see that you too love York and its Minster, great Y.

pop and see my Y.

Miss_Yves said...

Thank you, Rune-e!
Wonderful views of York Minster!
We visited York a long time ago ...
I love this word (Minster)so similar in different languages :
Minster=Munster (Yes, like the french cheese , en Alsace !)= monastère
Miss Yves

esnorway said...

fine bilder bra y tema

becky voyles said...

WOW! Such wonderful photos! They seem larger than life.

granmal said...

The pictures and church are amazing.