Tuesday, August 25, 2015

York Minster

York Minster is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. Located in the historic and beautiful city of York, in Northern England, York Minster overlooks the city, with foundations routed in the nation’s earliest history. The official name of York Minster is ‘Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of St Peter in York.’ The first Christian Church on the site has been dated to 627 AD, whilst the first Archbishop of York was recognised by the Pope in 732 AD.

A stone Saxon church survived Viking invasion in 866 AD but was ransacked by William the Conqueror’s forces in 1069 AD. William appointed his own Archbishop, Thomas, who by the end of the century had built a great Norman Cathedral on the site.

The present Gothic-style Church was designed to be the greatest cathedral in the kingdom. This architectural and artistic masterpiece took more than 250 years to build, between 1220 and 1472 AD. Being the natural centre of the Church in the North of England, York Minster has often played a significant role in great national affairs, not least during the turbulent years of the Reformation and the Civil War. 

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