Monday August 25th ~ York, England
With mixed weather, one minute partly cloudy, and the next raining, we walked about the old town area, including checking out a street fair, but then ducked into the church for an hour when the sky opened up.
I know that we have seen more than our share of churches and cathedrals over the past few months, but this one was one we could not pass up.
This Cathedral is one of the largest in England. The title “Minster” is used to refer to missionary teaching churches. West “Minster” Abbey, is more familiar to many. With a spectacular interior, I went a little crazy taking pictures. However, I’m now happy to have them.
“The Great East Window, (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.” ~ Wikipedia
Here are some of the pictures that showcase the main parts of the interior:
The Cathedral was actually built on top of an ancient Roman fortress and parts of it have been uncovered and are visible with a visit to the lower levels or “Undercroft”. The treasury and museum pieces are also on display in the underground area.
Finally our weather improved a bit and we were able to walk some more through the old city streets.
York is compact, and the major sites are all within walking distance of our hotel. I think we are going to have a wonderful time exploring here!
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for street fairs. How fun to walk up and down streets, in and out of crowded tents, past one display after another, seeing unique artistry, and smelling and sampling street food.