York Minster is one of the great historic churches of Europe. In 627 King Edwin of Northumbria was converted to Christianity and built a wooden oratory here. That church was later rebuilt in stone, but the present Minster is almost entirely a Gothic structure. The transepts date to the early 13th century, and are vaulted in wood, not stone. The polygonal chapter house, built without a central pier, is also vaulted in wood. At the crossing there is a series of 15th century sculptures of all the English kings from William the Conqueror to Henry VI. The true glory of York, though, lies in its stained glass. This was a visionary cathedral, in the sense that the architects tried to apply the Gothic principle of the window being more important than the wall. The north transept and the great east window, which relates the history of the world, are marvels, and much of the glass is original.
Church House, Ogleforth, York, Yorkshire, England, Y01 7JN
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