This evening, my theme is the ancient English city of York which has long history dating back at least 2000 years.
In the Roman era (AD43-410) York (orEboracum ) was a very important Roman city, the remains of which are still evident, principally the foundations of the still extant city wall, baths, Multangular Tower, Bootham Bar and supporting column for the Basilica.
After the Romans left the next major development of the city occurred when the Vikings arrived from Scandinavia and developed Yorvik into a major settlement and trading port. Much archaealogy remains from this period to the extent that a major visitor attraction called Yorvik has been established which has proved extremely popular. Yorvik is accessed via small train/gondola which carries visitors round the re-created streets of Viking Yorvik together with the authentic sites and smells of the era.
Arguably, the piece de resistance is the medieval Minster or Cathedral. This is Anglican denomination and the seat of the Archbishop of York who ranks no 2 in the Church of England hierarchy. The Minster is stupendous building which attracts vast numbers of tourists each year.
York is one of my favourite cities and I look forward to visiting again when opportunity permits.
This image shows the interior of York Minster
Exterior of York Minster
Medieval Bootham Bar (gate) to the city which stands on the site of one of the main gates of the Roman fortress.
Remnant of Roman era wall.
Roman era Basilica column.
Inside Viking era Yorvik
Elsewhere today, my main energy has been focused on designing a small group whisky tour of Islay, which lies off the west coast of Scotland.