I'm excited that we are going into the York Minster and see the largest medieval Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe! It's a long line to enter this beautiful house of worship. We did not get to the worship service in time, so we are going in to visit this afternoon. I'm thrilled to be able to view this gorgeous cathedral!
The full title of the York Minster is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York.
York Minster's 128 windows hold more than half of England's medieval stained glass.
Minster is an Old English word, which means either "monastery" or "mission church". York Minster was never a monastery, but was originally founded by a missionary bishop, St Paulinus, in AD 627. Not all cathedrals are minsters and not all minsters are cathedrals, but the York Minster is both!
|Thanks Be to God|
I feel a quiet calm as we step into this beautiful house of worship. The York Minster is a living church which all are welcome to join. Music is an important part of worship here. The sound in this magnificent cathedral is chillingly beautiful.
My eyes are immediately drawn the stunning vaulted ceiling!
Let's look around at this glorious cathedral's gorgeous stained glass windows! I am in AWE!
The West Window contains the "Heart of Yorkshire" constructed in 1338.
The Rose Window is located in the south transept.
The York Minster is shaped as all cathedrals are in the shape of The Cross. The west end of the cross is the Nave up to the east end. The arms of the cross are the north and south transepts.
Five Sister's Window is in the north transept. Each lancet is about 52 ft high!
The Great East Window has been under renovation for a few years now. A facsimile is located behind the Orb. The Great East Window contains medieval glass. The York Glaziers Trust takes care of all of the stained glass in the Minster. You can read more about it Here
The King's Screen
Seeing the people in this photo points out the enormity of the York Minster! The King's Screen dates from the 15th century. It contains sculptures of the kings of England from William the Conqueror to Henry the VI. Above the screen is the organ that dates from 1832.
When we planned our trip to England I was hoping to hear the wonderful bells of the York Minster and we were treated to that lovely sound as we left the Minster! Go here to hear The York Minster Bells Bells I can tell you I'll never forget this beautiful sound or the beauty of the York Minster! ♥