Thursday, 2 May 2013
York Minster was beautiful - the architecture and stained glass just awe-inspiring. Sadly, the photos fail to do the Minster justice but they will give you a small idea of how beautiful it is if you have never been.
The Cathedral is the largest surviving Medieval Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. It is 264 ft (80m) in length with a width of 100 ft (30m) and the height from floor to vaulting is 94 ft (29m). York's nave is one of the longest in England.
Sorry for the amount of photos - far too many especially as they are not very good. You were allowed to use flash but as usual my inbuilt flash does not seem to work very well especially at distance. I can adjust the flash intensity control but that just tends to bleach everything out. If anyone has any ideas how I could improve my flash photography I really would be very grateful!
The South Transept - the oldest part of the Minster visible above ground was started around 1220. The circular rose window was re-glazed around 1500 following the Wars of the Roses with the red rose of Lancaster alternating with the newly formed Tudor rose.
Cope chests in the foreground and a memorial to Archbishop John Dolben
Archbishop Tobie Mathew tomb in the Lady Chapel
At present the East End of the Minster contains information about the conservation and restoration of the Great East Window. There is a really interesting exhibition giving visitors a rare opportunity to see the close detail of Medieval stained glass. Specialist conservators have revealed the original medieval glory of these panels. Below are a few examples
St John Glimpses God in Majesty
The Seven Churches
St John sailing to Patmo
Three Gossiping Angels
There is also a of information about stonework restoration.
The Mighty Angel and the Seven Thunders
For me, the most beautiful part of the Minster was the octagonal Chapter House. It was completed around 1290 and was designed for the Canons of York, the governing body of the cathedral, to meet and discuss policy. It has what I can only describe as the most incredible atmosphere. Unfortunately no photo of the amazing ceiling - it turned out incredibly blurred.
Brian, David and Emily decided to go up the 275 tower steps to see the views. I decided against - even if I had made it up the steps I am not keen on heights!!!! Apparently half way up there was a parapet walk with what sounded like a big drop on one side! So I think I made the right choice! It also gave me an extra three quarters of an hour to look round the Minster. We met up afterwards in the shop and I bought a couple of Green Man items :)
Outside the Cathedral a pavement artist was at work
and nearby was a model of York.
I really thought York was a beautiful City and we had a wonderful day out.