York Minster Cathedral
York Minster, located in the mediaeval city of York, is visited by at least two million people each year. The cathedral was built over a period of 250 years and dated back 800 years, which is only the tip of the iceberg. It has taken up residence in a place that has been associated with history and faith for about 2,000 years now. In the globe, the Great East Window, which is as huge as a tennis court, is the most extensive expanse of Medieval stained glass ever created.
While there is much to see, many people wish to see York Minster Cathedral with you throughout the summer months and school vacation periods. As a result, a little forethought never hurts. Continue reading about the facts that you must be aware of until the end.
York Minster is known as the 'Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter' in its royal title. Despite the fact that it is by definition a cathedral because it is the location of a bishop's throne, the term "cathedral" did not become widely used until the Norman Conquest of England. The Anglo-Saxons used the word 'minster' to designate their most prominent churches.
A lightning bolt struck York Minster on the night of July 9, 1984, on a scorching warm summer evening. The roof was enveloped in flames till it collapsed at 4 AM. Convectional heat from the fire fractured the 7,000 pieces of glass in the Rose Window in the South Transept into almost 40,000 pieces – but, miraculously, the window remained intact. This was primarily due to the restoration and re-leading work completed twelve years before.
York Minster's Grand Organ, which stands towering into the far extreme of the Choir and is remarkable for its lofty, watches tower-like façade, is truly a piece of beauty. It was only in the spring of 2021 that this magnificent, beautiful instrument, which was built in the 1830s, would be put back into service after being entirely refurbished.
The refurbished organ has a distinct sound that can be heard once more when put through its paces, thanks to its 5,400 finely adorned pipes, most of which are original. During seasonal events like Easter and Christmas, you can hear the cathedral choir in action in addition to its assistance for the regular weekday and Sunday services.
In 627, a church was built on this site. It was built quickly to serve as a baptismal site for Edwin, king of Northumbria. It was finally completed 252 years after the start of construction. There have been 96 archbishops and bishops from the church's founding in the 7th century. Even though Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, was cardinal here for 16 years, he never set foot inside the Minster.
A contest for children to create unique and new leaders for the cathedral's roof was held by Blue Peter in 1984 as part of the repair work. The winning designs depicted the launching of the Mary Rose, Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon, and other historical moments.
Arsonist Jonathan Martin set fire to the cathedral on February 2, 1829, claiming to be a religious fundamentalist. After this incident, a cathedral police force was formed since the cathedral's heart was destroyed. York Minster's police force grew so prominent that Robert Peel used them to research the first Metropolitan police force in Britain.https://yorkminster.org/