The Two Towers of York Minster

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in All Things Photographic 03-12-2010
FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 05-12-2010
FEATURED in Exquisition 07-02-2011
FEATURED in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses 07-03-2011
FEATURED in HDRI – No Holds Barred 02-08-2011
FEATURED in Artists Universe 12-07-2012
CHALLENGE WINNER in the English Church – Twin Towers Challenge 06-07-2011

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 24mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f9, Shutter: 1/200

York Minster in York, England is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe after Cologne Cathedral. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York; it is run by a dean and chapter under the Dean of York. The present building was begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472. It has a cruciform plan with an octagonal chapter house attached to the north transept, a central tower and two towers at the west front. The stone used for the building is magnesian limestone, a creamy-white coloured rock that was quarried in nearby Tadcaster. The Minster is 158 metres (518 ft) long and each of its three towers are 60 metres (200 ft) high. The choir has an interior height of 31 metres (102 ft). York as a whole and particularly the Minster have a long tradition of creating beautiful stained glass. Some of the stained glass in York Minster dates back to the twelfth century. The 76-foot (23 m) tall Great East Window, created by John Thornton in the early fifteenth century, is the largest example of medieval stained glass in the world. Because of the extended time periods during which the glass was installed, different types of glazing and painting techniques that evolved over hundreds of years are visible in the different windows. Approximately 2 million individual pieces of glass make up the cathedral’s 128 stained glass windows. Much of the glass was removed before and pieced back together after the First and Second World Wars, and the windows are constantly being cleaned and restored to keep their beauty intact.

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