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York Minster

York Minster
York Minster ©Daniel Hahn / Cognitive Applications

York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in England and the seat of the Archbishop of York.

The first church on the site was a wooden structure built in a hurry in 627 to provide a place to baptise Edwin, King of Northumbria. It wasn’t until 1220 that the construction of the Minster that we know today began.

York Minster is particularly of interest to art-lovers, especially those of stained glass, the Great East Window being the biggest medieval example of its kind in the world (the size of a tennis court). The cathedral also boasts the widest nave in England, a 10.8-tonne bell called Great Peter, several regimental chapels and the incomparable Chapter House.