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Following my delicious lunch on Monday, it was time to explore York Minster. I took a one hour guided tour.

Looking towards the nave and the choir.

York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe (the largest being Cologne Cathedral in Germany). The building dates from about 1230 (completed in 1472) though there is archaeological evidence of several older churches on the site, as well as the remains of the original Roman fortress.

The Great West Window – see the heart shaped stone tracery at the top. This is often called the Heart of Yorkshire window.

Statues of some of the English kings who ruled during the building of York Minster. They stand just outside the choir.

Looking up to the central tower. It’s 60 metres high and weighs 16,000 tons.

Inside the choir. Later in the afternoon I was lucky enough to be seated at the far right right of this photo for Evensong. I was right behind the Vale of York choir.

This is the world’s largest high resolution digital photograph. It depicts the Minster’s Great East Window. Behind the photograph the real thing is being restored. At the same time the entire east wall of the cathedral is being pulled down and rebuilt as it was leaning one metre outwards at the top and was in danger of collapse.

This is the octagonal Chapter House.

Looking up.

Exquisite geometric carvings.

An exterior view of the central tower.

The statue of Constantine – Rome’s first Christian emperor. He was proclaimed Augustus, here in York, in 306 during his one year visit to Britain.