Friday, December 6, 2013

York Minster, Anglophile Friday

Rood Screen, York Minster

A couple weeks ago, my Anglophile Friday was on the topic of York Minster. Here are a few more photos we took at York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in northern Europe.

The gorgeous Kings Screen (or pulpitim) dividing the choir from the nave
Pipe organ above

Want to attend a Christmas Concert at York Minster? Check it out HERE. BTW, David Pipe is the organist - how appropriate.

York Minster, South Side



Torward the end of the sixth century, Pope Gregory sent Christian missionaries to convert Saxon England. They built churches to be centres for worship and as bases from which they would go to preach in the surrounding countryside. Priests lived there communally though not necessarily as monks subject to the rule of St. Benedict. Such a centre was known as a monasterium. This word entered the Saxon language as mynster. Today the spelling has changed and the word Minster describes many different types of church building, from small parish churches to large cathedrals such as York.

A cathedral is the most important church in a bishop's diocese, the geographical area over which he has authority. In the early days of the church, a bishop wore the same vestments (clothes) as any other priest. To distinguish him as the leader he was given a chair on which only he could sit, in the same way that in secular society, the king was given a throne. In both Greek and Latin, the word for chair is 'cathedra.' From this, the word 'cathedral' has been derived.'

The Great West Window
From 1338

Carvings from the Portal
Scenes from the Account of Creation

The Stairway
No passing lane

Window above west door

Stained Glass Window
Depicting the Family Tree of Jesus

This photo and the one following may have been taken in the York Minster Chapter House.
I should have taken a notebook to number and identify my photos!

See more shots of York Minster and read some of its history at Sacred Destinations.


My favorite shot of York.
We were at the top of the Minster, watching the snow fall on those beautiful old tile roofs.
(Why is the plural of roof 'roofs,' 
when the plural of hoof is hooves??)

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The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love it! Sigh. Wish I were there now.



Terri D said...

I got dizzy just looking at that spiral staircase!! It does draw you in and makes you want to see where it goes! You have such wonderful photographs, memories and information!!

Sandra said...

the details are just so amazing. the windows are gorgeous. I would like to hear that organ to... and not only is there no passing lane on that spiral stairway, i would not be able to pass up or down it at all. it is amazing.

Robin said...

Beautiful pictures. I love visiting York. Hope you have a great weekend.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful cathedral. It's amazing the architecture that was built so long ago isn't it. And the stained glass windows are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your photos. Have a lovely weekend.

sweetbriardreams said...

So beautiful! I am going there next June for a meeting, I'd best take plenty of batteries and have enough room on my card for the amount of photos I'll probably take. Have a lovely evening xx

SImple and Serene Living said...

Such an amazingly gorgeous place. xo Laura

TexWisGirl said...

incredibly ornate!

Anonymous said...

Your German Shepard was beautiful. Long hair shepards are very special indeed.

Beautiful shots of York. Makes me want to travel.

Vee said...

Very pretty rooftops! Lots of plurals puzzle me, especially those that can be written either way. As for Mr. it! I also loved it when the head of our former nuclear power plant's name was Mr. Frizzle. Not quite as charming a connection... Oh to attend a real concert! I shall settle for the ones I see on tv and You Tube.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Love the photos! York has always sounded like an interesting city.

Gail Dixon said...

The artistic detail is mind blowing. The photo of the spiral staircase made me feel dizzy, but in a good way. Thank you for sharing. :)

Susie said...

The beauty of this cathedral is beyond belief. You could spend a week or more seeing all the little statues and faces. I love to view of the town. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Anonymous said...

What an amazing and sacred experience. The photographs are beautiful and awe inspiring.

Yenta Mary said...

So much beauty on the blog - man-made (though divinely inspired), nature ... the cathedral, the snow, it's all gorgeous!!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's amazing!!! Your photos are amazing.

Jeanne said...

GReat shots of this amazing cathedral! Thanks for sharing these!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Lovely detail and gorgeous architecture♪ Have a wonder filled weekend!

Rambling said...

Gorgeous shots. Visiting from Weekly Top Shot.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Some great photos in this post. I like York very much and we had a great weekend there earlier in the year (must catch up on the back-log of photos!). But I see you were braver than we were, and went to the top of the Minster. Isn't that screen great - and chapter house roof? PS Hope I've sorted my non-reply status, thanks to you.

Yolanda said...

I am so glad to have your blog. I am an anglophile like you. I love the catherdal pictures.

J_on_tour said...

David Pipe the organist … love it ! I never tire of York, so much to see. Superb building, must take a trip inside it again next time as it's been a while.
Unfortunately there has been some bad weather at the beginning of this week and you've guessed it … The River Ouse has burst its banks once again due to the large upstream catchment area.


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