The usual proviso - the photography is bad (the left tower blurred and out of focus) and much of the fine detail disappears in size reduction
The present Minster stands on the site previously occupied by the Roman praetorium (encampment). It was here in AD306 that Constantine the Great was proclaimed emperor. The Romans fortified the place - a walled city.
There have been other churches on this site. The first was wooden one constructed for the baptism of Edwin, King of Northumbria, in 627. The present day Minster was completed in 1472 and it is a wonder that it still survives for between 1829 and 1984 it suffered 3 fires. The first was caused deliberately , the second by careless workmen and the third by lightening.
At the Eastern end of the cathedral (not visible on my picture) is the great east window: the largest surviving expanse of medieval glass in the world. Just outside this window is Saint William's College, built 1465, where Pat has got my pictures on show for a few days in November! The College is haunted by the ghost of a 17th century murderer - but I'm sure Pat will try to sell him a picture.
In the right foreground is the tall memorial (1905) to soldiers who died in the Boer War.
Priscilla walks on undaunted!
The picture has been quite a challenge which I shall miss. How do you follow a building like this?
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| York Minster (c1900) John Simlett 2012|
Pen & Ink on 300gsm Cartridge
16" x 16" (40 cms x 40 cms)