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York Minster

York Minster is a Gothic cathedral in York and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Built between the 1220s and the 1470s, York Minster is packed full of history, from the Roman occupation of York onwards to the present day where it is a working and worshipping church.

York Minster stands on a site where history has been made over centuries. The Emperor Constantine began his progress to greatness here, and the foundations of the Roman buildings in which he lived can be seen under the central tower. St Paulinus baptised the local Saxon king on this spot, and many Archbishops, including St William of York are buried here.

There is a wide decorated Gothic nave, a perpendicular Gothic choir and east end, and Early English north and south transepts. The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window - the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.

There is so much to see and do at York Minster. There is the beautiful Chapter House complete with fine carvings or fascinating history in the Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt as you step back in time to see the ancient remains discovered beneath the present Minster.

Enjoy the view from the Central Tower, across the pinnacles and gargoyles of the Minster, looking out onto the medieval streets of historic York and to the countryside beyond or a tour of the Bedern Glaziers' Studio, built in the 13th Century and now a public showcase for the conservation of stained glass, in particular the glass of the Minster's Great East Window.

York Minster
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