York Minster : Michelin's recommendations
The largest gothic church north of the Alps is 160 m long and 76 m wide at the transept. The vault is 27 m high and the steeple 60 m. The main façade, completed between 1430 and 1470 by the addition of the towers, gives it a French-style 13C shape. The interior was built from the 13-15C and contains the largest collection of medieval stained glass windows in England. The Decorated style gothic nave and the mid-13C transept are the oldest parts of the church visible today. The capitulary room has a magnificent wooden vaulted ceiling from before 1300. Admire the rood screen, completed in the late 15C by William Hindeley and the tomb of the archbishop responsible for the current building, Walter de Gray. Among the magnificent stained glass windows, see the eastern glass canopy, in the chapel of the Holy Virgin by John Thornton of Coventry, from 1405 and 1408. It is the largest surface of stained glass in England. The window of the five sisters, grisaille lancets dating back to about 1250, and the oldest window in the church. The window, representing the family tree of Jesus, dates back to 1310. The Foundations Museum shows the remains of Roman and romanesque foundations and leads to the treasury containing a collection of silverware used in York from 1485-1858 and religious articles made out of gold.
- Address : Minster Yard GB - York CT1 7HHCT1 7HHYork
- Phone : 01904639347
- Prices : free of charge
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