Quire, York Minster, England

This evening, I am posting images and information on York Minster, a world-class  Cathedral in Northern England.

Minster was an Anglo-Saxon name for a missionary church. The first Minster in York was established in AD 627. This was superseded by the Norman Cathedral in 1080 under auspices of the Roman Catholic Church. This structure was subsequently embellished and extended through to 1534 when the Church of England ( Episcopalian) separated from Rome. Subsequent to the 16th century three major fires occurred which required restoration plus underpinning of the central tower (in 1967) which was in danger of collapse.

The actual site of the Cathedral dates back to the Roman period. The Undercroft of the Cathedral contains evidence of the Roman Principia, a Roman wall painting and drain.

Today, the Cathedral is seat of the Archbishop of York and home to the Minster Choir, one of the U.K.’s top choirs.

As will be evident from the images herein the Cathedral is well endowed with stained glass and outstanding architectural features which date back to the medieval period. Of particular note are:

  • The Nave
  • the Kings’ Screen ( Quire)
  • Chapter House
  • Organ and Quire
  • The Orb
  • Undercroft
  • Central Tower
  • West Window.

The Cathedral welcomes visitors and worshippers alike.

York Minster, England

Buttresses, York Minster, England

Nave, York Minster, England

North Aisle of the Nave, York Minster, England

South Transept, York Minster, England

Nave, York Minster, England

Quire, York Minster, England

Quire Screen, York Minster, England

South Transept, York Minster, England

13th century carving in Chapter House, York Minster

Quire, York Minster, England

Quire Screen, York Minster, England

Chapter House, York Minster, England

Rose Window, York Minster, England

Great West Window, York Minster, England

Five Sisters Window, York Minster, England

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