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At least two million people a year visit York Minster in the medieval city of York. The 800-year-old cathedral that took 250 years to build is just the tip of the iceberg. It occupies on a site that has been connected with history and faith for almost 2,000 years. Its Great East Window, as big as a tennis court, is the largest expanse of Medieval stained glass in the world.

There's a lot to see and, during the summer months and school vacation periods, a lot of people who want to see it with you. So a little advance planning doesn't hurt.

What's New at York Minster

Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft  Don't miss the new exhibition. It's part of a £20 million, 5-year renovation and conservation project, scheduled to be fully completed in 2016, parts of it are already open to visitors. The largest state-of-the-art attraction in any UK cathedral, it relates the history of the cathedral and its site with amazing objects and interactive displays - including the 1,000 year old Horn of Ulf, given to the Minster by a Viking lord.

Did you know?

  • Some of York Minster's most interesting ancient history was only discovered in the 1960s and 70s during emergency excavations under the cathedral.
  • Constantine the Great, who chose Constantinople the capital of the Roman Empire and made Christianity its official religion, was declared Emperor by his soldiers while in York.
  • Minster is an Anglo Saxon word, originally used to describe monasteries with a teaching role. It's mostly used these days as an honorary title for some large cathedrals.

Great East Window Cleaning and Conservation

The work of restoring this immense stained glass window and the stonework of the East End of the Minster will take much longer than the 5-year York Minster Revealed project. At least 311 glass panels, made up of thousands of pieces of Medival glass, are being removed, repaired and reinstalled. It won't be completed until 2018. But in 2016, visitiors will, at last, be able to see it without the protective scaffolding that has covered it for years. 

The restored panels will be visible as they are returned to their positions in the window. Other sections still being restored will be protected with clear glass. Working on these windows is such a massive project that new technology is being used to prolong their lives. York Minster will the first building in the UK to use UV resistant glass as an outer protection for the stained glass.

If you want a challenge, see how many of the stained glass panels your can understand. The Medieval artisans who created it aimed to tell the entire story of the Bible, from Genesis to the Apocalypse, in the one, multi-paneled window.

Take a Guided Tour

  • Minster tours - Volunteers lead guided tours, six times a day - at 10, 11,12,1, 1 and 3pm - every day except Sunday. The tours take about an hour and are a great way to discover some of the Minster's hidden treasures and amazing history. The tours are included in the price of admission. If you are coming with a group of 10 or more, or need foreign language help, let staff know 28 days in advance by sending a group tour request to  [email protected]
  • Tower trips - Climbing York Minster's central tower is a very special experience if you are fit and fearless. It's the highest point in York and before you arrive at the 230 -foot-high top and step out into the open air, you get a chance to see some of the Minster's Medieval pinnacles and gargoyles close up.
  • There are 275 steps to the top. Some are narrow and uneven and some go through narrow passageways.
  • The Tower climb is not recommended for people with heart conditions, vertigo, claustrophobia, high blood pressure, angina, breathing trouble (asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis), poor mobility or who are pregnant.
  • Health and safety regulations are available to read when you buy your ticket and you must read them before tackling the climb.
  • Children younger than 8-years-old are not permitted to climb the tower.
  • School groups of ten or more must be accompanied by three adults, or two adults if there are fewer than ten. 
  • Trips up the tower take 45 minutes and are limited to 50 people at a time. They leave every 45 minutes or so throughout the day and there is an extra charge for the tower. Ask at the ticket office about tower trip times when you arrive. But before planning to climb, consider these factors:

How to Find York Minster

Just about all roads in  York  lead to the Minster. Head for the center of the small, walled city and you cannot miss it. If you can't see it, just climb onto the city walls at one of the many access points around York for a birds eye view.

Goodramgate, leading to Deangate and High Petergate, all lead to Minster Yard (in York, streets are called "gate" and gates through the city wall are called "bar").

When To Visit

As a working cathedral, York Minster may be closed from time to time for all the normal business of a church - weddings, christenings, funerals - as well as special events and concerts. In general, the Minster is open:

  • For services and prayer , daily from 7am to 6:30pm
  • For sightseeing, Monday - Saturday 9am to last entry at 5:30pm, Sunday from 12:45 pm. Parts of the cathedral may be closed for evensong preparation or special events during general opening hours.
  • For the Undercroft exhibitions, Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday from 1pm
  • For Tower trips , check on the day you visit. Because Tower trips have an open air element, their scheduling is tied to the weather.

Why Is There an Admission Charge?

People sometimes balk at having to pay for a ticket to visit a place of worship so it is important to consider a few things:

  • There is no entrance fee to enter the Minster to attend a service, to pray or to light candles.
  • Not counting the restoration and conservation projects, it actually costs £20,000 a day to cover heating, lighting, cleaning and other staffing to keep the Minster open to the public. Most of this has to be raised from admission charges.
  • The people of York are admitted free.
  • Admission tickets are good for unlimited visits for a full year from the date of purchase.

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  • Admission - as of 2015, tickets for the Minster, Chapter House and Undercroft cost £10 for adults and £9 for seniors and students. Up to four children accompanied by an adult are free. ​Tickets for the Minster and the Tower Trip cost £15 for adults, £14 for seniors and students and £5 for children from 8 to 16. Children under 8 are not permitted to climb the tower.
  • Photography and video recording for personal use is permitted everywhere except the Undercroft.
  • Visit their Official Website for lots more information and a range of contact information.

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York Minster is one of the most iconic sights in the English city of York, with the massive Central York Minster Tower at its heart. An authentic medieval masterpiece, the tower at York Minster is an instantly recognisable symbol of the city, and climbing it is highlighted in any guide to the best things to do in York .

But what should you expect when visiting York Minster Tower? Are the views from the top really that interesting? Is it worth your time, money and effort to attempt the climb to the top of York Minster Central Tower? Let’s take a look!

Close up to the central tower in York Minster, from the rooftop walkway

A Brief History of the Central York Minster Tower

York Minster (the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York) is an Anglican cathedral dating back to 627. Construction of the current Gothic building, including the massive central tower, started in 1215 and was completed in 1405.

The tower collapsed in 1407, but work to rebuild it with reinforced piers started in 1420. This coincided with the construction of the twin Western towers, which house the Minster’s 36 bells. The Minster was consecrated in 1472.

York Minster escaped destruction by King Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-1541) but has been damaged many times over the years through fire, looting and siege!

A 1967 survey revealed that the tower was close to collapse, and remedial works to reinforce the tower and cathedral foundations were completed in 1972.

View of the three hige stone towers at York monster, with the twin Western towers in the foreground and the huge square central tower in the background

There are many reasons to visit and take on the York Minster Tower challenge, including stepping into medieval history, getting incredible views, achieving a personal challenge, and discovering fabulous photo opportunities from the highest point in the city of York.

The central tower stands 235 feet (72 m) tall, and you can climb all the way to the top. The wide-reaching views from the top and from various points on the way up are incredible.

View down tof St Michael Le Belfry church from York Minster tower

Climbing The York Minster Central Tower

The tower at York Minster has 276 steep, narrow and winding (mostly) stone steps.

There are a few places where you can pause to catch your breath, but long sections of the climb offer no places to stop. You will hold up other people if you need to pause, as there is no room to pass on the narrow steps.

Tip : If you’re a slower climber, let the fitter/faster people in your timeslot sprint up the steps ahead of you, so you don’t need to worry about taking your time. It’s what I did 🙂

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On the way up, you’ll pass all sorts of tiny doors that lead into private areas of the Minster, and then will reach a pathway that takes you outside and across the roof.

From here, you can look down to the city below and get a bird’s eye view of gargoyles, tiny “Rapunzel-like” towers and flying buttresses, before continuing your climb up the central tower.

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When you reach the top of the tower, you’ll be standing at the highest point in York, on a huge square the size of a tennis court! From every side of the square. you can see a different view of the city through the parapet, with far-reaching views across Yorkshire on clear days.

Tip: Book your tower tour so you’ll be at the top of the tower when the bells ring in the Western Towers (on the hour).

Is Climbing York Minster Tower Worth It?

Are you wondering if whether the time and cost of visiting the tower at York Minster is worth it, or should you skip this activity on your visit to York?

I love the history and atmosphere of York Minster, and climbing the tower is a great add-on to get a different perspective of the Minster and the city.

The climb is challenging unless you’re very fit, with limited things to see for much of the time, although the section across the roof is fascinating, and it’s tempting to linger here. Once you’re at the top of the tower, the views are fabulous, and you get a great panorama, although smaller kids might need to be lifted up to see everything fully.

My son loved the tower climb as a teenager – probably more from a physical achievement perspective, but he did rate the whole experience as “good”. High praise from a teen 🤣

If you only have one day in York, I’d probably skip this activity, but I highly recommend it if you visit for a few days.

Can You Enjoy the Tower Without Climbing It?

Yes. From outside the building, you can get a great idea of the tower’s size and admire the intricate stonework of medieval masons.

York Minster Tower with Kids

To join the tower tour, children must be 8 years old and above and capable of climbing (and descending) the 275 steps unaided.

If you have active kids, they will love the climb and will enjoy the markers that point out how many steps you have climbed. My son was fascinated by all the ancient graffiti carved into the stone walls on the way up.

York Minster Tower steps sign

Parts of the climb take you outside, onto the roof of York Minster. It’s the perfect place for your kids to get a closer look at stone gargoyles, intricate architecture and beautiful windows.

My son also loved peering down at the “ant-sized” people far below, but the path is very high up and narrow, so you’ll need to be careful!

Image of the narrow path across the roof to reach the central tower at York Minster

At the top of the tower, information panels point out the major landmarks in the city and beyond. It’s fun to look at these with your kids and then look over the city to spot the landmarks together.

Informational panels on the roof of York central tower, indicating key landmarks and the distance from York Minster to London

Practical Info

York Minster Tower tour times: Tower Trips run regularly throughout the day, from 10:15 am until – 3:30 pm, subject to availability.

Admission price: The tower tour is £6; however, you will also need an entrance ticket for York Mimster, which is £12.50. Click  HERE  to book a combined York Minster and Central Tower ticket, but note that you can only book your tower tour on the day you plan to vist.

Tip: Admission to York Minster is included in the York Pass . It’s worth considering if you want to visit at least three museums and/or attractions while you’re visiting York, as it will offer significant savings compared to buying tickets individually 🙂

How much time do you need ? It’s worth allowing yourself between 45 minutes and an hour for the York Minster Tower Challenge.

It took me just over ten minutes to climb to the top of the tower, with a few stops on the way to catch my breath and take photos. It can take much longer if you get stuck behind a “slowcoach”, as the steps are very narrow, with only a few “passing places”.

Most people spend 15-20 minutes at the top of the tower, catching their breath (!), enjoying the views and snapping photos before taking the stairs back down. You have to be very careful on the descent , so it’s likely to take at least five minutes to descend.

Accessibility: The York Minster Tower is not accessible for people with limited mobility, breathing problems, heart problems or high blood pressure. It’s also not suitable for children aged 8 and under.

Facilities: There are free lavatories in York Minster, in the North Quire Aisle. While there is no cafe within the Minster, plenty of coffee shops are nearby.

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York Minster: Naves, Trancepts & Stained Glass

York Minster is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Europe. Towering over the city of York , in the county of Yorkshire , its real name is Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York.

It more common name of York Minster reflects its previous joint role as a monastery.

Let’s look in more detail at this spectacular place.

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History Of York Minster

The City of York is over 2000 years old, starting out as Roman settlement.

There’s been a Christian Church – and monastery until Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century – there since the 7th century, when the Saxons built a church in 672. This, surprisingly, survived the invasion of the Vikings in the 9th century.

But it wasn’t as lucky after the victorious Norman troops arrived after William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings. It was significantly damaged.

William rebuilt the Church in the Norman style, but it wasn’t until the 13th Century that the present structure was started.

A new Archbishop of York, Walter de Gray, decided to rebuild the church in the new Gothic style, partly to rival Canterbury. He even persuaded the Pope to canonise St William of York, whose tomb the Minster was built around.

Main Building

The main building was started in 1220 and was built from local magnesium limestone. Although the Nave, Quire, central tower and transcepts were completed within 60 years the whole building wasn’t completed fully completed until 1472. It has remained largely unchanged ever since.

Like many churches of the era, the Minster has a cruciform plan – ie shaped like the Christian cross – comprising the Nave and Transcepts. Let’s look at these constituent parts in more detail:

An East-West central aisle forms the long middle of the cross.

The longest Western part of the aisle is the ‘Nave’ a spectacular cavernous area where special services are held. It contains some of finest examples of stained glass in the Minster.

York Minster is famous for its stained glass windows, with an estimated two million pieces of coloured glass used to create these stunning pieces of art.

Two great examples, the Great East and West Windows are at either end of the central aisle containing the Nave.

Most sung services take place in the Quire (notice its similarity to the word ‘Choir’).

This is like a chapel area within the central aisle of the Minster containing several stalls for the Minster’s choristers.

The ’arms’ of the cross – the ‘transcepts’ – also contain some great stained glass.

The North Trancept contains the ‘Five Sisters’ window; the South Transcept contains the recently restored ‘Rose Window’ (see later).

Central Tower

The Central Tower was originally built between around 1220 and 1253. It is the only part of the current cathedral to have collapsed, which happened in 1407.

Under the Nave lies two Crypts containing the graves of many of the past Archbishops of York, amongst others.

It also houses the tomb of St William of York, who was canonised in 1227.

Chapter House

A small octagonal Chapter House is attached to the North Trancept.

It’s the main meeting room for the Cathedral Chapter, the governing body of the Minster.

The Fire Of 1984

On the morning of 9 July 1984, the citizens of York awoke to the sight of flames shooting from the Minster’s South Transept. A lightening strike had set fire to the roof and was threatening to engulf the whole building.

Over 100 firefighters fought to save the Minster – just like the more recent Notre Dame fire its survival was touch and go for a while. This was was only achieved when firefighters deliberately collapsed the roof using gallons of water to prevent the fire’s spread.

As well as the roof being destroyed, the Rose Window was badly damaged. All the glass was shattered, but thankfully the lead frame was mostly unharmed.

A repair and restoration process was started in 1988 and both the roof and Rose Window were fully restored.

Visiting York Minster

The Minster is open to visitors 7 days a week but, as a working church, it is sometimes necessary for it to close to tourists (for services for example).

Admission is, of course, free for worshippers (and you would be welcome at most of the Minster religious ceremonies) but is £11.50 per adult for general visitors. Or £16.50 if you wish to climb the Tower. Children with a paying adults are free (or £5 to climb the Tower).

Getting the Minster is tricky by car given its position in the centre of car unfriendly York. Indeed you should leave the car in one of the many ‘Park & Rides’ on the outskirts and take one of the many frequent buses to the centre of town.

The easiest way to get there is by train. York’s central station is just a short walk away.

However you get there, you’re sure to be blown away by the magnificent stone and stained glass of this spectacular building.

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York Minster, located in York city centre is part of York’s fascinating history that must be visited. You could easily spend a couple of hours inside the minster building, admiring its beauty and learning about its history.

We visited York Minster as part of our 3 day York pass and out of the many places we went the minster was our favourite for great history and beautiful photo opportunities.

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When we signed up for our York Pass we were focused on a mix places we could visit to really tell you the story of great things to do in York and how to spend your York pass wisely.

York Minster was on our list, not just because we had never been and would love to look inside, but also because we knew it wouldn’t take up a whole day, so the kids wouldn’t get bored and we could then visit lots of places on the same day.

Because of a mishap trying to find Cocoa Works and losing some time, York Minster was moved from day one of our York Pass to day two. ( you can read about our cocoa works disaster here! ). and with the sun shining we headed around York Minster and decided to see if it was up to its famous reputation.

Getting To York Minster?

We used our Google Maps on our iphone to easily navigate ourselves around York and to find where to go to get to the front entrance of the minster.

York minster is located on Deangate in York.

On arrival in York we used York park and ride and then walked from there to the minster. Its also a stop of the York sightseeing bus too.

Arriving at York Minster

I am so, so, so grateful that York minster doesn’t need to be pre-booked. When you are doing the York pass system you will often have several things booked for the day, and its hard to estimate how long each one will take and is easy to be late to the next on your list.

We loved that we didn’t need to pre-book York minster, or cliffords tower. Then we could fit them in on the 2 nd day when we had space.

When we did arrive, it was a relatively short queue considering that we were just turning up without a York minster ticket and that we visited during the schools half term holidays.

We probably waited 10-15 minutes to go inside of the minster building and the staff were very apologetic that we had to wait, which we really didn’t mind.

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Once we had got our York minster tickets, we were soon inside the minster and could check it out and get excited by its beauty.

Generally, people were inside the minster doing the same as us.

Walking around slowly, taking pictures, admiring its beauty, and learning about its history. 

Though one mum had me in absolute fits of laughter and I just couldn’t stop laughing! She was there with her teenage son, and he was on his mobile phone with his headphones in. She told him to get off his phone and get excited over the history and that blink and he will miss out on his surroundings.

It just made me really chuckle because as a mum to a soon to be 22 year old I know that battle and you just want to rip those headphones out.

Sofia and Jorge are 8 and 6 and can still be entertained by what is going on….thankfully.

Me & Dom kind of headed off in different directions whilst we chose what to look at what parts of the minster, we wanted to take photos of.

york minster photo opportunities

Light A Candle At York Minster

Just like many other churches, you can light a candle at York Minster. I always do this and it reminds me of growing up and watching my grandma do so at church.

light a candle at york minster

When you light your candles you can also make donations to the church because York minster has a high maintenance upkeep and its nice to be making an effort and contributing.

Windows At York Minster

Okay, so it was the windows at the minster that fascinated Me and Dom the most. We just loved the colour of them and some of them looked very old, so we did wonder what the upkeep was like on them.

windows at york minster

If going with kids, you could create a window bingo and get them to tick how many of these beautiful windows they see or do the same for other features of the minster.

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More Exploring At York Minster

The kids were more into York Minster than I thought they would be. They both sat down and said their prayers, they both asked questions about everything and went to look at pictures of Jesus as well as any artifacts that were there.

jorge praying at york minster

Though I wonder if part of this is the bribe of an ice cream from the ice cream stand was outside when we were done!!!

york minster look above

York Minster Review

We just LOVED our day trip to York Minster. Its one of those beautiful places that is full of history, and you can understand why so many people visit York every year and include a visit to the minster.

We loved all the great culture and also was surprised by just how big the minster building is. There is a lot of rooms going off the main area and you can easily lose yourself an hour in here.

York Minster Visitor Information

  • Where is York Minster located? York’s famous minster is located on Deangate and is located in York city centre. Its easy to get to and is close to drop off points both from the sightseeing buses and from the park and ride. 
  • What is the post code for York Minster? If you are using your Google Maps to navigate to the minster it is YO1 7HH.
  • Is York Minster free to enter? York Minster is free, if you are going to York minster to attend a church style service. But to view the minster building like we did there will be a cost.
  • How much does it cost to get into York Minster? York minster tickets are £16 per adult plus free for kids. Making it £32 for the four of us.
  • What is the dress code for York Minster? I would say the dress code for York Minster is casual. When we visited, we had shorts and tshirt on because it a warm day and many of the other visitors to York minster happened to be wearing similar. Though I am sure they would draw the line at beach wear or clothes with offensive wording on them.
  • What is York Pass? I have mentioned our York Pass a few times. Basically, it’s a York ticket where you have access to loads of York attractions for a set price. Kind of like when you get a special pass for theme parks. I recommend you read our York pass review here because we explain how to do it and save money as its easy to waste money on it. Plus, we run through all the attractions we did for the pass including our trip to the minster.

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There are a lot of things to things to do and see in York England and York Minster is at the top of the list. This is the world’s largest Medieval Gothic Cathedral, which was established as a missionary teaching church (Minster), and it is the seat of a bishop (cathedral).

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York Minster was built over 250 years ago between 1220 and 1472. The carvings on the walls of the octagonal Chapter House were done between 1270 and 1280. The characters and gargoyles range from drunkards to shrews to tormented souls. The Minister craftsmen today who continue to add their own carvings; ask a staff member to point out the Star Trek characters in the Great West Doorway for an example. York Minster’s Central Tower, the Lantern Tower, is 230 feet tall. Climb the 275 steps to the top for views of the city rooftops and a close-up view of the pinnacles, gargoyles, and carvings.

More than half of all the stained glass in England is in York Minster. There are 128 stained glass windows containing 2 million individual pieces of Medieval glass in the Minister. The Great East Window tells the story of the Bible and is the largest display of Medieval stained glass in the world (the size of a tennis court). The Rose window was shattered during a fire in 1984. It took four years to repair; each section is held together between two sheets of glass.

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Two million people visit the York Minster yearly. The Minster employs 150 staff and 9 police. St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the only other church with a police force. 500 volunteers also work to maintain the Minister. York Minster is unable to maintain operational costs of over £20,000 per day and charges tourists a fee to enter. This church is a must-visit while in York England .

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It amazes me how they were able to build all this with so little technology. Those statues are amazing! Another place that I want to visit.

wow I looks amazing. I didnt know about this church I will include it on my list! It is amazing the beauty in the architecture.

The choir was practicing during my visit, made it even more special

This building is incredible! So many impressive things to see, between the statues and the stained glass and all those intricate details. I would love to see this in person.

The entire city is pretty incredible

Beautiful architecture! I’d love to visit and your pictures are lovely.

I love the architecture of Gothic buildings! Their unique beauty really stands the test of time

We were in York last September and loved it! The Minster is stunning, inside and out. I’d definitely return!

I’ve always been fascinated by the medieval-looking buildings. There’s something about the beauty in the architecture of them.

All the details amaze me

The York Minster looks devine. Such a beautiful Cathedral. Thanks for sharing.

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Exploring York Minster: A Visitor's Guide

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Jun 23, 2021

Dedicated to St. Peter, one of the 12 Apostles, imposing York Minster stands testament to the monks who converted the locals to Christianity in the 3rd and 4th centuries. So important was York Minster in the Christian faith's early years - and so great its reputation - that its bishops were invited to participate in the council at Arles in AD 314.

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After this, little was heard about it until AD 627, when the oldest documented (wooden) church was built here for the baptism of King Edwin of Northumbria. Succeeding Saxon and Norman constructions were destroyed, and the cathedral was rebuilt in its present Gothic style in the 13th century.

You'll learn more about this remarkable structure in our handy visitor's guide to exploring York Minster.

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First impressions: the side aisle windows, the choir aisle and the north transept, tombs and tales from the crypt, the chapterhouse, treasures of the undercroft: revealing york minster, stairway to heaven: climbing the central tower, touring york minster, tips and tactics: how to make the most of your visit to york minster, getting to york minster, what's nearby.

First Impressions: The Side Aisle Windows

First impressions are everything, and even the humble aisles you see upon entering York Minster impress, with their interesting decorative features. In the north aisle on the left-hand side as you enter, the chapel door is notable for its 14th-century sculptures.

A little farther along is the Pilgrimage Window . Dating from about 1312, it rests above a stunning dragon's head, and depicts Peter surrounded by pilgrims. It also includes many other unusual details, one of the most interesting being the funeral of a monkey.

Next to this is the radiant 14th-century Bellfounders' Window with its relevant motifs. The Jesse Window - dating from about 1310 - is also remarkable, and depicts scenes including David and Solomon.

The Choir Aisle and the North Transept

The triple-naved Choir Aisle was built in the English early-Gothic style between 1220 and 1280. At the back wall of the North Transept , you'll see five narrow lancet windows dating from about 1260. They're known as the Five Sisters Window after a term coined by Charles Dickens .

The Crossing, with its 15th-century vaulted tower contains the Rood-screen . This masterpiece of late Gothic sculpture contains statues of 15 English kings, starting with William I on the left and finishing with Henry VI.

The Choir

The cathedral's Norman Choir was rebuilt in the late 14th century and was later damaged by a fire in 1829 that destroyed the roof and woodwork (including the choir stalls). Copies of the originals have replaced all that was destroyed.

St. William's Window (1422) in the South Gallery depicts scenes from the life of St. William, whose shrine in the sacristy was worshipped in the Middle Ages. St Cuthbert's Window (dating from about 1435) in the North Gallery portrays events in the life of this saint, who was consecrated as Archbishop in AD 685 in the former Saxon minster.

Behind the Choir is the Lady Chapel . This important chapel is famous for its magnificent East Window, which dates from about 1408 and is reputed to be the world's largest medieval stained-glass window. In the South Transept is the marvelous Rose Window dating from around 1500 and commemorating the ending of the War of the Roses, fought between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the throne.

The Organ in York Minster

Standing tall at the far end of the Choir, and notable for its tall, spire-like façade, York Minster's Grand Organ is indeed a thing of beauty. Built in the 1830s, this spectacular, ornate instrument was actually removed in 2018 and completely renovated, only returning to action in the spring of 2021.

Boasting an impressive 5,400 beautifully decorated pipes - most of them original - the now fully-restored organ has a very unique sound, which can once again be heard when the instrument is put through its paces. In addition to supporting the cathedral choir for regular weekday and Sunday services, you can also hear it in action during seasonal services at Easter and Christmas. For a real treat, check the cathedral's official website for news of special concerts and organ recitals.

Doomstone

The minster's 12th-century Norman Crypt is entered from the Presbytery . It's here you'll find the remains of the 11th-century Apse of the earlier cathedral, as well as parts of the 14th-century Eastern Crypt.

The Crypt's most valuable contents include the York Virgin (12th-century Madonna); the Doomstone (purgatory relief, late 12th century); the 15th-century font used for the baptism of King Edwin by Bishop Paulinus in AD 627; and the shrine of St. William of York (Archbishop, d. 1154), which was brought here in 1972.

The Chapterhouse

The Vestibule of the Chapterhouse is reached from the North Transept . On entering this part of the cathedral, visitors will immediately notice a window dating from about 1300 that depicts kings and queens, and the richly decorated capitals. The flaying of St. Bartholomew can be seen on a capital to the right of the 13th-century door with interlaced decoration leading to the octagonal Chapterhouse (1260-1285).

The painted, wooden vaulted roof is self-supporting and was renewed first in 1798 and again in 1976. The fine stall-canopies are impressive, as are the tracery windows, the glass of which dates from the 13th century.

The Close

Among the many interesting buildings found in York Minster Close are the 15th-century, half-timbered St. William's College, with its medieval chambers. Also worth seeing are the 17th-century Treasurer's House, containing numerous antiques, and the Minster Library, housed in a 12th-century chapel and home to more than 120,000 books and manuscripts.

On the south side of the minster is the church of St. Michael-le-Belfrey. Rebuilt in 1536, it has interesting stained-glass windows. A 4th-century Roman column standing behind it commemorates the day Constantine was proclaimed Emperor of Rome in York in AD 306.

Treasures of the Undercroft

Located in the crypt underneath York Minster, the fascinating Treasures of the Undercroft museum is well worth exploring. Here, you'll find numerous interactive galleries portraying the building's colorful history, from its Roman roots to today.

Displays include more than 2,000 years of remarkable artifacts found nearby in the 19th century during work to shore up the cathedral's foundations. These fascinating displays provide an insight into the cathedral's important role over the centuries.

Stairway to Heaven: Climbing the Central Tower

York Minster's spectacular medieval Central Tower is the highest point in the city. Climbing it is a must-do, though it does involve a climb of 230 feet up 275 steps, so isn't for the faint of heart.

Along the way, you'll get a close-up view of some of the cathedral's most interesting decorative features, including its pinnacles and gargoyles. Once outside, all that hard work will be rewarded with superb views of York's historic city center.

York Minster offers a number of excellent guided tours (included with admission) highlighting the building's main features and history, as well as some of its lesser-known secrets. Options include tours of the crypt and highlights of the cathedral's amazing stained-glass windows.

If you're traveling with youngsters, ask for one of the cathedral's Little Explorer Backpacks when purchasing your tickets. These fun (and free) backpacks include a host of neat tools for youngsters to use as they explore, including a flashlight, binoculars, a compass and map, magnifying glass, and pencil crayons and paper to record their findings.

  • Closures: York Minster is very much a working building, and while sightseers are permitted, there are occasions when closures are necessary. To ensure such eventualities don't interfere with your visit, check the cathedral's What's On page before arrival.
  • Events: Lectures, workshops, and courses are often available to the general public and visitors, along with musical performances and other special events. To learn more, visit the cathedral's What's On page.
  • Food: While York Minster has no food outlets of its own, it's located in a vibrant pedestrian area with countless excellent dining options, from fast fresh food to fine dining.
  • Shopping: Two on-site shops serve visitors: the Minster Gift Shop (within the Minster) and York Minster Gifts and No.10 (situated in Minster Gates). Most items available here are also available from their online shop .
  • Services: Weekday and weekend services - usually accompanied by the York Minster organ - are open to the public.
  • By Train: York has fast, direct rail links from London, Edinburgh, and Manchester (approximately two hours travel time) and is just a 10-minute walk from York Rail Station. For details, including occasional 2-for-1 ticket offers, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk .
  • By Road: York is centrally located and easily accessible from all parts of the country by an excellent road network.
  • Parking: The City of York operates a network of perimeter parking lots with buses connecting to the heart of the city.
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York Minster sits amid some of the very best sightseeing attractions in England and is a place where you'll want to spend more than a day, if possible. One of the best ways to experience this remarkable city is to walk along its circuit of medieval city walls, nearly three miles long and offering marvelous views. Also, spend time walking along the River Ouse or, better still, take a river cruise.

Other York tourist attractions within an easy walk are York Castle and its excellent museum; the National Railway Museum , with its impressive collection of steam engines; and the city's numerous historic guildhalls. Then, of course, there are the many ancient winding streets, in particular the famous Shambles , a narrow, 14th-century thoroughfare with lovely overhanging timber-framed buildings.

York was also once a Viking stronghold, and the Jorvik Viking Centre is a great place to learn more about this fascinating period in the city's history.

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Exploring York Minster: A Visitor’s Guide

Welcome to York Minster, one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world. Located in the heart of the historic city of York, this iconic landmark is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, architecture, and religious heritage.

With its roots dating back to the 7th century, York Minster is an architectural marvel that showcases the remarkable skill and craftsmanship of generations of builders and artisans. The soaring Gothic spires, intricate stained glass windows, and elaborate stone carvings leave visitors in awe of the sheer beauty and grandeur of this sacred place.

As you step inside, you will be greeted by a sense of tranquility and reverence. The hallowed halls and vast nave invite you to explore the rich history and spirituality that permeates every corner of this sacred space. Whether you are a person of faith or simply appreciate stunning architecture, a visit to York Minster promises to be an unforgettable experience.

York Minster: A Brief Overview

York Minster is a majestic cathedral located in the city of York, England. It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe and a prominent landmark in Yorkshire.

The construction of York Minster began in the 13th century and took several centuries to complete. Its grand architecture and intricate details make it a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship.

The cathedral is known for its stunning stained glass windows, with the Great East Window being one of the largest and most impressive in the world. The intricate stone carvings, soaring ceilings, and magnificent organ further add to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Minster.

York Minster also holds significant historical and cultural importance. It has witnessed numerous important events throughout its long history, including royal coronations and religious ceremonies.

Visitors to York Minster can explore its various chapels, stroll through the towering nave, and climb the central tower for breathtaking views of the city. The Minster also offers guided tours, allowing visitors to learn about its rich history and architectural significance.

Whether you are a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply seeking spiritual tranquility, a visit to York Minster is a must. Its sheer magnificence and historical significance make it a truly unforgettable experience.

The History of York Minster

The history of York Minster goes back over a thousand years. The first church on this site was built in the 7th century, but it was destroyed by fire in 741. The current cathedral, known officially as the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, was built in the 13th century.

Construction of the current Minster began in 1220 and was completed in 1472. It is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe and its impressive architecture has attracted visitors from all over the world. The cathedral features intricate stained glass windows, medieval masonry, and a breathtaking central nave.

Throughout its long history, York Minster has played a significant role in the religious and political life of England. It has been the site of important coronations, including that of William the Conqueror in 1066. It has also been a place of refuge during times of conflict, with the famous tower being used as a fortification during the English Civil War.

Over the centuries, York Minster has undergone various restorations and additions. One notable restoration took place in the 19th century under the guidance of architect George Gilbert Scott. His work helped to preserve and enhance the cathedral’s Gothic architecture.

Today, York Minster continues to be a place of worship, as well as a major tourist attraction. Visitors can explore its stunning interior, climb to the top of the central tower for panoramic views of the city, or attend one of the many services or events held throughout the year.

Architecture and Design of York Minster

York Minster is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and is considered one of the most stunning cathedrals in the world. Its construction began in the 13th century and took several centuries to complete, resulting in a unique blend of architectural styles.

The cathedral features a cruciform plan, with a long nave, transepts that form the shape of a cross, and a central tower. The nave, which is the central part of the church, is lined with impressive stone columns and large stained glass windows that allow the sunlight to create a mesmerizing play of colors inside.

One of the most distinctive elements of York Minster is its magnificent stained glass windows. These windows are adorned with intricate designs and vibrant colors, depicting biblical scenes and the lives of saints. The Great East Window, located in the choir, is the size of a tennis court and is often referred to as the “Heart of Yorkshire.”

The cathedral also houses a beautiful chapter house, which is a circular building adjacent to the main structure. The chapter house is known for its stunning vaulted ceiling and exquisite carvings, depicting various biblical scenes and motifs.

Another architectural highlight of York Minster is the central tower, which stands at an impressive height of 235 feet. Visitors can climb the tower and enjoy breathtaking views of the city of York and its surroundings.

Throughout its history, York Minster has undergone various restoration projects to preserve its architectural integrity. The most recent restoration was completed in 2016, ensuring that the cathedral continues to stand as a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of its builders.

Visiting York Minster allows you to immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural splendor of this iconic landmark. Whether you appreciate the intricate details of the carvings, marvel at the towering columns, or simply bask in the beauty of the stained glass, the architecture and design of York Minster are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Main Features of York Minster

As one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Europe, York Minster boasts a number of stunning features that attract visitors from around the world. Here are some of the main highlights:

  • The Great East Window: This is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world, spanning an impressive area of 1,778 square feet. The window depicts biblical scenes and is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and artistry.
  • The Chapter House: Located on the east side of the cathedral, the Chapter House is a circular building with intricate stone carvings and a beautiful vaulted ceiling. It is used for meetings and gatherings of the cathedral’s chapter.
  • The Quire: This area of the cathedral is where the choir sits during services. It is adorned with exquisite woodwork and has a decorative screen called the Rood Screen, which separates the Quire from the Nave.
  • The Nave: The Nave is the central aisle of the cathedral and is famous for its impressive architecture and soaring height. It is home to the Great West Window, which is the largest medieval stained glass window in the country.
  • The Undercroft: Beneath the cathedral lies the Undercroft, a medieval crypt that houses a museum showcasing the cathedral’s history and treasures. Visitors can explore the interactive exhibits and learn about the cathedral’s rich heritage.
  • The Central Tower: Standing at 235 feet tall, the Central Tower offers panoramic views of the city of York. Visitors can climb the 275 steps to the top for a breathtaking perspective and see the intricate details of the cathedral up close.

These are just a few of the main features that make York Minster a must-visit destination for history and architecture enthusiasts. Plan your visit to this awe-inspiring cathedral and immerse yourself in its grandeur and beauty.

York Minster’s Famous Rose Window

One of the most iconic features of York Minster is its famous Rose Window. Located in the North Transept, this stunning stained glass window is a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship.

The Rose Window measures an impressive 20 feet in diameter and is made up of over 100 individual glass panels. Dating back to the 15th century, it is one of the largest and finest examples of medieval stained glass in the world.

The window is intricately decorated with intricate tracery and vibrant colors, depicting scenes from the Bible and the lives of saints. The central panel features the figure of Christ, surrounded by angels and saints.

The Rose Window is not just a beautiful work of art, but also an impressive feat of engineering. The window is held in place by a complex stone framework, which helps support its weight and keep it stable.

Visitors to York Minster can marvel at the stunning beauty of the Rose Window from both the inside and outside of the cathedral. From the inside, the window casts a colorful glow as sunlight filters through the glass, creating a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

It is truly a sight to behold and should not be missed by anyone visiting York Minster.

Visiting York Minster: Practical Information

York Minster is one of the most iconic and historical landmarks in the city of York. If you’re planning a visit, here is some practical information to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Location: York Minster is located in the heart of York, at Deangate, York, YO1 7HH, United Kingdom.
  • Opening Hours: The Minster is open for visitors Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Sundays from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Admission: There is an admission fee to enter the Minster, which helps support the maintenance and conservation of the structure. The fee varies depending on age and type of ticket, so it’s best to check the official website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Guided Tours: Guided tours are available and highly recommended for a more in-depth understanding of the history and architecture of York Minster. These tours typically last about an hour and can be booked in advance or on arrival.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted inside York Minster, but tripods and flash photography are not allowed. Please be respectful of other visitors and the religious significance of the site when taking photos.
  • Accessibility: York Minster is wheelchair-accessible, with ramps and lifts available for those with mobility difficulties. There are also accessible toilets located on site.
  • Visitor Services: The Minster has a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs and books related to the history of the building. There is also a café where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of tea.
  • Events and Services: York Minster hosts a variety of events and services throughout the year, including concerts, organ recitals, and religious ceremonies. It’s worth checking the Minster’s website for upcoming events during your visit.

With this practical information in mind, you’ll be well-prepared for your visit to York Minster. Enjoy exploring the breathtaking architecture and rich history of this remarkable cathedral!

Exploring York Minster’s Interior

York Minster is one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world, and its interior is equally captivating. As you step inside, you are immediately greeted by the grandeur and beauty of the space.

The nave, with its soaring ceilings and magnificent stained glass windows, is a sight to behold. Take some time to walk down the center aisle and admire the intricate details of the architecture.

One of the highlights of the interior is the Great East Window, which is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. The window depicts scenes from the Bible and is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship.

As you explore the transepts, you’ll discover chapels dedicated to different saints and important figures in York’s history. These smaller spaces offer a peaceful retreat and an opportunity to learn more about the cathedral’s rich heritage.

Don’t forget to look up as you wander through the Minster. The intricate stone vaulting on the ceiling is a work of art in itself, and you’ll find yourself marveling at the skill and creativity of the medieval craftsmen.

For a truly unique experience, consider taking a guided tour of the Minster’s roof. From here, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of York and the surrounding countryside. It’s a rare opportunity to see the architecture up close and appreciate the scale and complexity of the building.

Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply looking for a breathtaking setting to explore, York Minster’s interior is sure to leave a lasting impression.

The Grand Organ of York Minster

The grand organ of York Minster is a magnificent instrument that holds a significant place in the history of English organ building. With its majestic appearance and powerful sound, it is truly a centerpiece of the cathedral.

Originally built in 1832 by the famous organ builder Samuel Green, the organ underwent several renovations and expansions over the years. The most recent renovation took place between 1903 and 1905 by the organ builder J.W. Walker & Sons, transforming the instrument into its present form.

The organ is housed in the North Transept of the cathedral, where it is showcased in a beautifully carved case. The case features intricate woodwork and decorative elements that are in harmony with the cathedral’s Gothic architecture.

The organ boasts an impressive number of pipes, totaling 5,403. These pipes are spread across five manuals, each with its own distinct sound and range. The stops, which control the airflow and tone of the pipes, are operated by the organist using a series of knobs and levers.

The grand organ is used regularly for worship services, concerts, and special events. Its rich and varied tones can fill the vast space of the cathedral with glorious music. Visitors to York Minster have the opportunity to hear the organ in all its grandeur during a service or a recital.

Whether you’re an organ aficionado or simply appreciate the beauty of music, a visit to York Minster is incomplete without experiencing the awe-inspiring sound and sight of the grand organ.

York Minster’s Tower: A Panoramic View

One of the highlights of a visit to York Minster is the opportunity to climb the tower and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The tower, which stands at an impressive height of 275 feet, offers a breathtaking vantage point that allows visitors to take in the beauty and charm of York from a whole new perspective.

To reach the top of the tower, visitors must ascend a winding staircase that dates back centuries. Each step provides a glimpse into the history and craftsmanship of the minster, creating a sense of anticipation and wonder as you make your way up. As you climb higher and higher, the views become increasingly expansive, showcasing the magnificence of York and its surrounding countryside.

Once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a truly remarkable sight. From this lofty vantage point, you can see the city’s historic streets, the meandering River Ouse, and even the distant hills on the horizon. On a clear day, the view stretches for miles, allowing you to appreciate the full grandeur of York and its surroundings.

For those with an interest in architecture, the view from the tower also offers a unique perspective on the minster itself. From this vantage point, you can see the intricate details of the minster’s Gothic architecture up close, including the soaring spires, delicate stonework, and magnificent stained glass windows. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience that allows you to appreciate the craftsmanship and skill that went into creating this remarkable building.

Visiting the tower is a memorable experience, but it’s important to note that there are some limitations. The tower can only be accessed by climbing stairs, so it may not be suitable for those with mobility issues. Additionally, access to the tower may be restricted at times due to weather conditions or maintenance work, so it’s always a good idea to check ahead of time.

In conclusion, a visit to York Minster’s tower provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of this iconic landmark. Whether you’re interested in the history of York, the architecture of the minster, or simply want to take in the stunning views, climbing the tower is an experience that should not be missed.

York Minster’s Treasury

The York Minster’s Treasury is a hidden gem within the Cathedral and is not to be missed on your visit. Located in the crypt of the church, the Treasury houses a remarkable collection of religious artifacts, relics, and precious objects.

Step into the Treasury and be transported back in time as you marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and beauty of the items on display. Delicate pieces of gold and silverwork, intricately decorated chalices and censers, and stunningly designed medieval jewelry are just some of the treasures you can expect to see.

Among the highlights of the collection is the Horn of Ulph, a legendary relic believed to have been given to York Minster by King Athelstan in the 10th century. The horn, made from a single bull’s horn and adorned with silver-gilt mounts, is a symbol of the Minster’s historic significance and a testament to its enduring legacy.

Another fascinating object is the York Gospels, a beautifully illuminated manuscript dating back to the 10th century. Considered one of the finest examples of Anglo-Saxon art, the Gospels are adorned with intricate patterns and vibrant illustrations that bring the biblical stories to life.

During your visit to the Treasury, don’t miss the chance to see the stunning collection of vestments and textiles. These intricately embroidered pieces of fabric offer a glimpse into the ceremonial world of the clergy and are a testament to the skill and artistry of the craftsmen of the time.

As you explore the Treasury, take a moment to appreciate the historical and cultural significance of these artifacts. Each item has a story to tell and offers a unique insight into the rich history and heritage of York Minster.

Note: Access to the Treasury may require an additional fee or a guided tour, so be sure to check the Minster’s website for the most up-to-date information.

York Minster’s Chapter House

The Chapter House is one of the most fascinating and historically significant parts of York Minster. It is a circular building that was originally constructed in the 13th century as a meeting place for the cathedral’s chapter, or governing body.

The Chapter House features stunning medieval architecture, with intricate carvings and a beautifully vaulted ceiling. It was designed to be a space for deliberation and decision-making, as well as a place for the canons to store important documents and hold meetings.

One of the highlights of the Chapter House is its famous stained glass windows. These windows depict biblical scenes and saints, and are considered some of the finest examples of medieval stained glass in the world. The detailed craftsmanship and vibrant colors of the windows are truly awe-inspiring.

In addition to its architectural and artistic significance, the Chapter House also has an important role in the history of England. It is where King Edward I held a parliament in 1299, making it one of the earliest purpose-built parliamentary spaces in the country.

Today, visitors to York Minster can explore the Chapter House and learn about its rich history through audio guides and interpretive displays. The Chapter House is a must-see for anyone interested in medieval architecture, stained glass, or English history.

York Minster’s Crypt: Discover the Underground

If you’re looking for a unique experience at York Minster, make sure to visit the Crypt. Located beneath the main floor of the cathedral, the Crypt is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

As you descend down the stone staircase, you’ll feel a sense of anticipation as you enter the underground space. The Crypt is famous for its remarkable architecture, with vaulted ceilings and thick stone walls that have withstood the test of time.

One of the highlights of the Crypt is the treasury, housing a collection of historical artifacts and ancient treasures. Here you can see exquisite gold and silver items, intricately carved ivory pieces, and precious gemstones. It’s like stepping back in time and getting a glimpse into the cathedral’s rich history.

Aside from the treasury, the Crypt also serves as a burial site for bishops and archbishops of York. Walk among the tombs and pay your respects to these important figures who have left their mark on the cathedral’s legacy.

While exploring the Crypt, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the serene atmosphere. The soft lighting and quiet ambiance create a peaceful setting, allowing you to reflect on the significance of this underground space.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an architecture lover, or simply curious about York Minster’s hidden treasures, a visit to the Crypt is not to be missed. Discover the underground world beneath the cathedral and uncover the secrets that lie within.

The Great East Window of York Minster

The Great East Window of York Minster is one of the most impressive stained glass windows in the world. It is located at the east end of the cathedral and dates back to the 15th century.

Spanning over 1,600 square feet, the window is made up of a series of panels depicting scenes from the Bible. Each panel tells a different story and is filled with vibrant colors and intricate details.

One of the main attractions of the Great East Window is its size. It is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world, and its sheer scale is awe-inspiring. The window is made up of 311 individual panels, each containing multiple figures and scenes.

The themes depicted in the window include the Apocalypse, the Last Judgment, and the Tree of Jesse. The imagery is rich and symbolic, and the window is a testament to the skills and craftsmanship of the medieval glassmakers.

The window has undergone several restorations over the centuries, with the most recent taking place in the early 2000s. Today, visitors to York Minster can marvel at the Great East Window and appreciate its beauty and historical significance.

When visiting the cathedral, make sure to spend some time in front of the Great East Window. Take a moment to study the intricate details and vibrant colors, and imagine the stories that each panel tells. It is an experience that should not be missed.

Stained Glass Windows in York Minster

One of the most stunning features of York Minster is its collection of magnificent stained glass windows. These windows are not only beautiful, but they also have great historical and religious significance.

The earliest stained glass windows in York Minster date back to the 12th century, and they showcase the Gothic style of that time. The windows depict biblical scenes and stories, allowing visitors to connect with the religious heritage of the cathedral.

One of the most famous stained glass windows in York Minster is the Great East Window, which is the largest medieval stained glass window in the world. This window tells the story of the creation of the world and the end of days, with intricate details and vibrant colors.

Another impressive stained glass window is the Five Sisters Window, located in the North Transept. It is called the Five Sisters because it is made up of five individual lancets, or narrow windows, arranged side by side. The window is known for its geometric patterns and delicate tracery.

The Rose Window, located in the South Transept, is another highlight of the stained glass collection. This circular window features a stunning design of intricate stone tracery and vibrant glass. It is a symbol of beauty and craftsmanship.

Throughout the cathedral, you will find numerous other stained glass windows, each with its unique story and artistic style. From smaller windows depicting local saints to larger windows commemorating significant events and individuals, these windows are a testament to the rich history and artistic heritage of York Minster.

Visitors to York Minster can take guided tours or explore the cathedral on their own to fully appreciate the beauty and significance of these stained glass windows. They are a visual feast for the eyes and a precious treasure of the cathedral.

York Minster’s Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel is one of the most stunning and historically significant areas within York Minster. Built in the 14th century, it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and stands as a testament to the importance of worshiping the mother of Jesus.

The design of the Lady Chapel, with its intricate stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings, is a prime example of the Perpendicular Gothic style. The chapel is adorned with sculptures, carvings, and decorative features, all of which contribute to its beauty and grandeur.

The stained glass windows in the Lady Chapel are particularly breathtaking. Created by master craftsmen, these windows depict scenes from biblical stories and saints. The vibrant colors and detailed artwork make them a captivating sight that draws in visitors from all over the world.

One of the highlights of the Lady Chapel is the Shrine of Our Lady of York. This shrine is believed to house a statue of the Virgin Mary that has miraculous properties. Pilgrims from far and wide come to the shrine to seek solace, healing, and blessings.

The Lady Chapel also houses a number of tombs and memorials. These commemorate important historical figures associated with York Minster, including archbishops, nobles, and prominent citizens. Exploring these tombs gives visitors a glimpse into the past and the lives of those who played a significant role in the history of York.

Visitors to York Minster should not miss the opportunity to explore the Lady Chapel. Its stunning architecture, intricate stained glass, and significant historical artifacts make it a truly remarkable part of this iconic cathedral.

York Minster’s Library and Archives

The York Minster’s Library and Archives is a treasure trove of historical documents and books. With a history dating back to the 12th century, it is one of the oldest and most significant cathedral libraries in Europe.

The library houses a vast collection of over 120,000 books, including rare manuscripts, ancient Bibles, and early printed books. It holds important works on theology, philosophy, history, and other subjects relating to the church and its history. Visitors can explore the shelves and discover the rich literary heritage of York Minster.

One of the highlights of the library is the York Gospels, a 1,000-year-old illuminated manuscript. Written in Latin and beautifully decorated with intricate illustrations, it is an exquisite example of medieval artistry. It is regarded as one of the finest surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

In addition to the books, the library also houses an extensive collection of archives. These archives consist of historical records, documents, and artifacts that provide valuable insights into the history of the cathedral and the people associated with it. Researchers and scholars can access these archives to study the cathedral’s past and contribute to the broader understanding of York Minster.

Visiting the York Minster’s Library and Archives is a unique opportunity to delve into history and immerse oneself in the rich cultural heritage of the cathedral. Whether you are a scholar, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about the world of books, this is a place you do not want to miss during your visit to York Minster.

Events and Concerts at York Minster

If you’re looking for a memorable experience during your visit to York Minster, be sure to check out the exciting lineup of events and concerts taking place at this historic landmark. From classical music concerts to seasonal celebrations, there’s always something happening at York Minster.

York Minster hosts a variety of concerts throughout the year, showcasing talented musicians and performers from around the world. From classical symphonies to contemporary jazz, there’s a concert for every musical taste. The stunning acoustics of the cathedral provide the perfect backdrop for these unforgettable performances.

Choral Services:

Experience the beauty of choral music at York Minster’s regular choral services. The choir, comprised of talented singers, fills the cathedral with their harmonious voices, creating an atmosphere of serenity and spirituality. Whether you’re a religious person or not, attending a choral service can be a truly uplifting experience.

York Minster is also home to various festivals throughout the year. From the lively York Mystery Plays to the awe-inspiring York Early Music Festival, these events showcase the rich cultural heritage of the city. Immerse yourself in a world of art, music, and theater as you explore the wonders of these vibrant festivals.

Special Events:

In addition to regular concerts and festivals, York Minster also hosts special events to mark significant occasions. From Christmas carol services to remembrance ceremonies, these events bring people together to celebrate and reflect. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of these meaningful gatherings.

Make sure to check the York Minster website or contact the visitor center to get updated information on upcoming events and concerts. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a culture lover, or just curious to experience something unique, attending an event or concert at York Minster will surely leave a lasting impression.

What is York Minster?

York Minster is a renowned Gothic cathedral located in the city of York, England. It is one of the largest and most impressive cathedrals in Northern Europe, known for its stunning architecture and rich history.

How can I get to York Minster?

York Minster is located in the heart of York, making it easily accessible by various modes of transportation. You can reach it by train, bus, car, or even on foot if you’re staying nearby. There are also several car parks available in the vicinity.

What is the history of York Minster?

York Minster has a long and fascinating history. Its construction began in the 13th century and took several hundred years to complete. Throughout the years, it has witnessed significant events, such as the coronation of various monarchs and the establishment of the Church of England. It has also survived wars and restoration projects.

What can I see inside York Minster?

Inside York Minster, you can explore various stunning features. The nave, with its soaring ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows, is a sight to behold. The Chapter House, which has exquisite carvings and a unique design, is also worth a visit. Additionally, the crypt, treasury, and the Great East Window are among the other highlights.

Are there any guided tours of York Minster?

Yes, there are guided tours available for visitors who wish to learn more about the history and architecture of York Minster. These tours are led by knowledgeable guides who provide interesting insights and stories about the cathedral. Audio guides are also available for those who prefer to explore at their own pace.

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About York Minster

York Minster – officially known as The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York – is a vast gothic cathedral that has towered over the historic city for hundreds of years, inspiring awe in its onlookers. One of the largest of its kind in northern Europe, York Minster is a must-visit for anyone looking to explore York’s medieval past, or simply take in one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the country.

York Minster history

The first church built on the site of York Minster was a small wooden structure completed in the 7th century for the baptism of the Anglo-Saxon monarch, King Edwin of Northumbria. From this era came the name ‘Minster’, a word used for ecclesiastic schooling institutions in the Anglo-Saxon period. A stone replacement soon followed, yet this was destroyed in a fire in 1069.

It was the Normans who began building the basis of the York Minster that exists today. Begun in 1080 and completed in 1100, a vast cathedral building was constructed, the remnants of which can still be viewed below the Minster today.

Over the following centuries York Minster was enlarged and renovated, with much of the work instigated by Archbishop Walter Gray. By 1472 the striking Minster was complete, with the addition of the north and south transepts, the nave, the Lady Chapel, the Quire and the western towers. The collapsed central tower was also rebuilt, yet had to be supported once again in the 20th century!

Since these major works, York Minster has remained largely the same, making it an authentic example of stunning medieval architecture.

The Minster today

Today York Minster is the crown jewel of historic York. In addition to admiring its beautiful architecture and imposing proportions, guests can visit the undercroft to see ancient Roman and Norman ruins, and climb the 275 steps of the central tower for great views of the city.

The Minster’s stained glass windows are also a marvel, with work dating from the 12th century, and a stunning collection of carved stone statues dating from the 15th century depict England’s monarchs from William the Conqueror to Henry VI . Crypts of long-passed warriors, priests and noblemen provide an atmospheric walk around the cathedral, in if you’re lucky you may hear the Minster choir at practice!

As well as individual passes, there are various types of guided tours available (mostly for group booking) including a free guided tour of up to 1.5 hours which details the history of York Minster.

Getting to the Minster

York Minster is located in the centre of York, and is a 10-minute walk from the train station. Bus services run to nearby Museum Street, a 5-minute walk away, and there are on-street parking bays in the vicinity. Due to visitor numbers however, other carparks in the city may be advisable, such as the nearby Bootham Row. York also operates various Park and Ride services into the centre.

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Why You Need to Visit the Beautiful York Minster in York England

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No visit to York, England is complete without a visit to the York Minster.

A minster is simply a large and important church, typically a cathedral, in England and was often built as part of a monastery.

The York Minster is definitely worthy of your time.

In fact, it really is one of the best things to do in York .

So let’s start with the where so you know first, where York is.

Then specifically where you can find the minster within the city of York.

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Where is York and the York Minster

York is a city located in the northeast of England in the historic county of Yorkshire.

You can get to York by train from London in about 2 hours, so it can be a day trip.

But York has a lot to offer so do stay a few nights.

The York Minster is not quite in the very center of the historic center but a bit to the northeast. 

You really can’t miss it as it is well posted as are many of the other sites in York.

Why do I need to visit this grand cathedral?

Great question.

Here are a few reasons why I think it’s worthy of your time.

There has been a church on this site since about 625

That is a long time.

Now the current iteration was started in about 1080 and took about 400 years to become what you see today.

But there are records talking about a wooden church on this site in 625.

So obviously this site has a lot of history even if the exact building wans’t on it back in 625.

That says a lot.

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The architecture is spectacular

I love architecture — especially old architecture.

You know, ancient Roman or Greek, Renaissance, Gothic, Georgian, Romanesque.

I’m not a fan of most modern works, to be honest.

So this Gothic cathedral is one that I really appreciate.

York Minster is actually the 2nd largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

It is very impressive.

Those high, arching ceilings?

I was so enamored with the ceilings that are so simple yet so beautiful with their clean lines and the little bit of decoration.

They have a geometrical thing going on that I really like.

So if you are a fan of Gothic architecture, you’ll love York Minster. 

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Join me on facebook, the stained glass windows.

There are a lot of gorgeous stained glass windows in York Minster.

And some of the windows date back to the 12th century.

The windows tell the stories of the city of York, the county of Yorkshire and the Christian faith through the years.

These windows are incredible works of art.

Both the Great West window and the Great East window are worth spending some time looking at.

And do take note of the Five Sisters Window.

This window was restored and rededicated to the women of WWI between 1923 and 1925. 

It’s the only memorial in the country dedicated to all the women of the British Empire who died during WWI.

So it’s pretty special.

But all the stained glass windows are spectacular so do take some time with them.

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Epic fail on my part in that I didn’t go underneath the main church to the crypt or the Undercroft Museum (see below).

However, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I love York, that it is one of my favorite cities and that I really want to go back.

So next time I will be sure to check this out.

There are actually 2 crypts underneath the York Minster.

The western one was actually discovered following a fire in 1829 and brought back into use.

It’s here that you’ll find the tomb of St William of York, the only saint to be buried at the minster.

He was canonized in 1227.

While visiting a crypt might sound a bit creepy, I find crypts are always interesting places to learn about who was important to a people so do be sure to check it out.

Don’t miss it like I did!

The Undercroft Museum

I missed this too but don’t be like me.

This museum looks fabulous!

It houses 2000 years of history and it’s the only accredited museum in a cathedral in the country.

You’ll find the remains of Roman barracks, see York’s Viking connection and gaze upon artifacts that have never been on public display.

The museum is also interactive which I find makes the experience more enjoyable.

There is also an impressive library and archives that I believe you can see by appointment only.

I had no idea all this was in the York Minster.

When I travel to York again I will be sure to spend more time at the York Minster.

There is so much here!

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Central Tower

Another epic fail on my part was not going up the central tower.

It’s the highest point in the city and you can climb the 275 steps up it (it is an additional fee)  and take in the views of York which I hear are splendid.

Going up towers is always a highlight, in my opinion, as long as you can make the climb and don’t have a fear of heights.

I’ll definitely do this next time.

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I think I missed some of the above parts of the Minster because I was so focused on not missing Evensong.

What is Evensong?

I talked about this in the post on the Salisbury Cathedral if you want to read about another amazing English cathedral.

But Evensong is a short, religious ceremony that is focused on song — which is sung by the choir.

And it is surreal, ethereal, amazing and moving. 

I highly recommend getting in the queue to be present at this ceremony.

Only a small number of people are allowed into the choir area where you’ll be seated.

As I said, it is a short religious ceremony but you certainly don’t have to be a religious person to appreciate it.

I’m not religious and I simply love Evensong.

Typically Evensong takes place late afternoon, around 4 or 5pm and, as I said, the choir are the stars.

To hear these beautiful voices melding together in an old, stunning cathedral is quite moving. 

Do plan your visit to York Minster around Evensong.

It is so worth it!

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Final thoughts on York Minster

This is a highlight of the city of York without a doubt.

I know I will wander through it again.

This time I won’t miss all the great things underneath it nor going up in the tower.

And I’ll stay for Evensong.

I really can’t recommend York and the York Minster enough for your travels to England.

If you’ve been to York and the cathedral, I’d love to hear what you think.

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<p> York is a historic city in England known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural attractions. Highlights include the iconic York Minster, the charming Shambles, and a range of museums. The city walls provide unique views, and the River Ouse adds tranquility. </p> <p>York hosts festivals and offers great food. It’s an excellent base for day trips to nearby attractions, and a variety of accommodations cater to all travelers. York’s blend of history and modern amenities makes it a captivating destination.</p>

York is a historic city in England known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural attractions. Highlights include the iconic York Minster, the charming Shambles, and a range of museums. The city walls provide unique views, and the River Ouse adds tranquility.

York hosts festivals and offers great food. It’s an excellent base for day trips to nearby attractions, and a variety of accommodations cater to all travelers. York’s blend of history and modern amenities makes it a captivating destination.

<p>Ever wanted to own your own Ghost? The York Ghost Merchants on the Shambles makes unique, original ghosts and offers a wonderful immersive shopping experience, but get there early to get in the queue. York’s resident spirits are carefully encased in beautifully crafted travel containers, adorned with a charming hand-drawn image of the Ghost Merchants shop. These boxes ensure the spirits feel comfortable during their trip from The Shambles to distant destinations.</p>

1. Buy An Original Handmade York Ghost

Ever wanted to own your own Ghost? The York Ghost Merchants on the Shambles makes unique, original ghosts and offers a wonderful immersive shopping experience, but get there early to get in the queue. York’s resident spirits are carefully encased in beautifully crafted travel containers, adorned with a charming hand-drawn image of the Ghost Merchants shop. These boxes ensure the spirits feel comfortable during their trip from The Shambles to distant destinations.

<p> A delightful shop for fans of Harry Potter, offering a wide range of magical merchandise, including wands, clothing, accessories, and various memorabilia inspired by the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. The store provides a fun and immersive experience for Harry Potter enthusiasts visiting York and is a must-visit destination on The Shambles for fans of the franchise.</p>

2. Visit The Shop That Must Not Be Named on The Shambles

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<p> Bao specializes in serving delicious bao buns, typically filled with various delicious ingredients such as braised pork, crispy chicken, or tofu, often accompanied by a range of tasty sauces and toppings. “Bao” is a great place to enjoy these delectable and flavorful buns while exploring The Shambles’s historic and picturesque setting and offers cute factor in abundance.</p>

3. Eat Bao Buns

Bao specializes in serving delicious bao buns, typically filled with various delicious ingredients such as braised pork, crispy chicken, or tofu, often accompanied by a range of tasty sauces and toppings. “Bao” is a great place to enjoy these delectable and flavorful buns while exploring The Shambles’s historic and picturesque setting and offers cute factor in abundance.

<p> A delightful festive shop on the Shambles where visitors can immerse themselves in the holiday spirit. It offers a wide array of Christmas-related merchandise and decorations, making it the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts, ornaments, festive home decor, and seasonal goodies.</p>

4. Visit The Christmas Shop

A delightful festive shop on the Shambles where visitors can immerse themselves in the holiday spirit. It offers a wide array of Christmas-related merchandise and decorations, making it the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts, ornaments, festive home decor, and seasonal goodies.

<p>The Potions Cauldron on The Shambles is a unique and enchanting store. It is designed to immerse visitors in a magical and wizarding world. The shop specializes in offering a wide variety of magical and potion-themed merchandise, from wands and robes to potions and spellbooks. Visitors can browse through an assortment of wizarding items and experience the feeling of stepping into a world of fantasy.</p><p>The Potions Cauldron provides a captivating and immersive experience, making it a must-visit destination on The Shambles for Harry Potter fans or anyone looking to explore a little enchantment in the heart of historic York. It is a great place to visit when taking a trip to <a href="https://minitravellers.co.uk/york-with-kids/">York with kids.</a></p>

5. Make Potions at the Potions Cauldron

The Potions Cauldron on The Shambles is a unique and enchanting store. It is designed to immerse visitors in a magical and wizarding world. The shop specializes in offering a wide variety of magical and potion-themed merchandise, from wands and robes to potions and spellbooks. Visitors can browse through an assortment of wizarding items and experience the feeling of stepping into a world of fantasy.

The Potions Cauldron provides a captivating and immersive experience, making it a must-visit destination on The Shambles for Harry Potter fans or anyone looking to explore a little enchantment in the heart of historic York. It is a great place to visit when taking a trip to York with kids.

<p> Walking The Shambles at night offers a magical and atmospheric experience. The historic street’s dimly lit, cobbled lanes and well-preserved medieval architecture create a captivating ambiance. The night allows for a quieter stroll, perfect for admiring the architecture and festive window displays. Ghost tours and cozy dining options add to the charm, making it a memorable and enchanting experience reminiscent of stepping into a bygone era.</p>

6. Walk the Shambles at Night

Walking The Shambles at night offers a magical and atmospheric experience. The historic street’s dimly lit, cobbled lanes and well-preserved medieval architecture create a captivating ambiance. The night allows for a quieter stroll, perfect for admiring the architecture and festive window displays. Ghost tours and cozy dining options add to the charm, making it a memorable and enchanting experience reminiscent of stepping into a bygone era.

<p> The Grand Hotel & Spa in York, UK, is a historic and luxurious hotel near the city’s railway station. It boasts a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. It offers elegant accommodations, fine dining and a delicious traditional afternoon tea experience. The hotel is in a prime location, making it a popular choice for tourists and those looking for a high-end stay in the heart of York. </p>

7. Stay at the Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel & Spa in York, UK, is a historic and luxurious hotel near the city’s railway station. It boasts a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. It offers elegant accommodations, fine dining and a delicious traditional afternoon tea experience. The hotel is in a prime location, making it a popular choice for tourists and those looking for a high-end stay in the heart of York.

<p> The National Railway <a class="wpil_keyword_link" href="https://minitravellers.co.uk/family-attractions-museums-in-the-uk/" rel="noopener" title="Museum">Museum</a> in York, often referred to as the “Train Museum,” is one of the most prominent railway museums in the world. It is located in York, United Kingdom. The museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of the railways in the United Kingdom. It has an extensive collection of locomotives, carriages, and railway memorabilia, including royal carriages.</p>

8. Visit the Royal Carriage at the Train Museum

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York offers a variety of riverboat trips along the River Ouse. These boat tours provide a unique perspective on the city’s rich history and beautiful scenery.

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The Moscow Metro Museum of Art: 10 Must-See Stations

There are few times one can claim having been on the subway all afternoon and loving it, but the Moscow Metro provides just that opportunity.  While many cities boast famous public transport systems—New York’s subway, London’s underground, San Salvador’s chicken buses—few warrant hours of exploration.  Moscow is different: Take one ride on the Metro, and you’ll find out that this network of railways can be so much more than point A to B drudgery.

The Metro began operating in 1935 with just thirteen stations, covering less than seven miles, but it has since grown into the world’s third busiest transit system ( Tokyo is first ), spanning about 200 miles and offering over 180 stops along the way.  The construction of the Metro began under Joseph Stalin’s command, and being one of the USSR’s most ambitious building projects, the iron-fisted leader instructed designers to create a place full of svet (radiance) and svetloe budushchee (a radiant future), a palace for the people and a tribute to the Mother nation.

Consequently, the Metro is among the most memorable attractions in Moscow.  The stations provide a unique collection of public art, comparable to anything the city’s galleries have to offer and providing a sense of the Soviet era, which is absent from the State National History Museum.  Even better, touring the Metro delivers palpable, experiential moments, which many of us don’t get standing in front of painting or a case of coins.

Though tours are available , discovering the Moscow Metro on your own provides a much more comprehensive, truer experience, something much less sterile than following a guide.  What better place is there to see the “real” Moscow than on mass transit: A few hours will expose you to characters and caricatures you’ll be hard-pressed to find dining near the Bolshoi Theater.  You become part of the attraction, hear it in the screech of the train, feel it as hurried commuters brush by: The Metro sucks you beneath the city and churns you into the mix.

With the recommendations of our born-and-bred Muscovite students, my wife Emma and I have just taken a self-guided tour of what some locals consider the top ten stations of the Moscow Metro. What most satisfied me about our Metro tour was the sense of adventure .  I loved following our route on the maps of the wagon walls as we circled the city, plotting out the course to the subsequent stops; having the weird sensation of being underground for nearly four hours; and discovering the next cavern of treasures, playing Indiana Jones for the afternoon, piecing together fragments of Russia’s mysterious history.  It’s the ultimate interactive museum.

Top Ten Stations (In order of appearance)

Kievskaya station.

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Kievskaya Station went public in March of 1937, the rails between it and Park Kultury Station being the first to cross the Moscow River.  Kievskaya is full of mosaics depicting aristocratic scenes of Russian life, with great cameo appearances by Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin.  Each work has a Cyrillic title/explanation etched in the marble beneath it; however, if your Russian is rusty, you can just appreciate seeing familiar revolutionary dates like 1905 ( the Russian Revolution ) and 1917 ( the October Revolution ).

Mayakovskaya Station

Mayakovskaya Station ranks in my top three most notable Metro stations. Mayakovskaya just feels right, done Art Deco but no sense of gaudiness or pretention.  The arches are adorned with rounded chrome piping and create feeling of being in a jukebox, but the roof’s expansive mosaics of the sky are the real showstopper.  Subjects cleverly range from looking up at a high jumper, workers atop a building, spires of Orthodox cathedrals, to nimble aircraft humming by, a fleet of prop planes spelling out CCCP in the bluest of skies.

Novoslobodskaya Station

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Novoslobodskaya is the Metro’s unique stained glass station.  Each column has its own distinctive panels of colorful glass, most of them with a floral theme, some of them capturing the odd sailor, musician, artist, gardener, or stenographer in action.  The glass is framed in Art Deco metalwork, and there is the lovely aspect of discovering panels in the less frequented haunches of the hall (on the trackside, between the incoming staircases).  Novosblod is, I’ve been told, the favorite amongst out-of-town visitors.

Komsomolskaya Station

Komsomolskaya Station is one of palatial grandeur.  It seems both magnificent and obligatory, like the presidential palace of a colonial city.  The yellow ceiling has leafy, white concrete garland and a series of golden military mosaics accenting the tile mosaics of glorified Russian life.  Switching lines here, the hallway has an Alice-in-Wonderland feel, impossibly long with decorative tile walls, culminating in a very old station left in a remarkable state of disrepair, offering a really tangible glimpse behind the palace walls.

Dostoevskaya Station

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Dostoevskaya is a tribute to the late, great hero of Russian literature .  The station at first glance seems bare and unimpressive, a stark marble platform without a whiff of reassembled chips of tile.  However, two columns have eerie stone inlay collages of scenes from Dostoevsky’s work, including The Idiot , The Brothers Karamazov , and Crime and Punishment.   Then, standing at the center of the platform, the marble creates a kaleidoscope of reflections.  At the entrance, there is a large, inlay portrait of the author.

Chkalovskaya Station

Chkalovskaya does space Art Deco style (yet again).  Chrome borders all.  Passageways with curvy overhangs create the illusion of walking through the belly of a chic, new-age spacecraft.  There are two (kos)mosaics, one at each end, with planetary subjects.  Transferring here brings you above ground, where some rather elaborate metalwork is on display.  By name similarity only, I’d expected Komsolskaya Station to deliver some kosmonaut décor; instead, it was Chkalovskaya that took us up to the space station.

Elektrozavodskaya Station

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Elektrozavodskaya is full of marble reliefs of workers, men and women, laboring through the different stages of industry.  The superhuman figures are round with muscles, Hollywood fit, and seemingly undeterred by each Herculean task they respectively perform.  The station is chocked with brass, from hammer and sickle light fixtures to beautiful, angular framework up the innards of the columns.  The station’s art pieces are less clever or extravagant than others, but identifying the different stages of industry is entertaining.

Baumanskaya Statio

Baumanskaya Station is the only stop that wasn’t suggested by the students.  Pulling in, the network of statues was just too enticing: Out of half-circle depressions in the platform’s columns, the USSR’s proud and powerful labor force again flaunts its success.  Pilots, blacksmiths, politicians, and artists have all congregated, posing amongst more Art Deco framing.  At the far end, a massive Soviet flag dons the face of Lenin and banners for ’05, ’17, and ‘45.  Standing in front of the flag, you can play with the echoing roof.

Ploshchad Revolutsii Station

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Novokuznetskaya Station

Novokuznetskaya Station finishes off this tour, more or less, where it started: beautiful mosaics.  This station recalls the skyward-facing pieces from Mayakovskaya (Station #2), only with a little larger pictures in a more cramped, very trafficked area.  Due to a line of street lamps in the center of the platform, it has the atmosphere of a bustling market.  The more inventive sky scenes include a man on a ladder, women picking fruit, and a tank-dozer being craned in.  The station’s also has a handsome black-and-white stone mural.

Here is a map and a brief description of our route:

Start at (1)Kievskaya on the “ring line” (look for the squares at the bottom of the platform signs to help you navigate—the ring line is #5, brown line) and go north to Belorusskaya, make a quick switch to the Dark Green/#2 line, and go south one stop to (2)Mayakovskaya.  Backtrack to the ring line—Brown/#5—and continue north, getting off at (3)Novosblodskaya and (4)Komsolskaya.  At Komsolskaya Station, transfer to the Red/#1 line, go south for two stops to Chistye Prudy, and get on the Light Green/#10 line going north.  Take a look at (5)Dostoevskaya Station on the northern segment of Light Green/#10 line then change directions and head south to (6)Chkalovskaya, which offers a transfer to the Dark Blue/#3 line, going west, away from the city center.  Have a look (7)Elektroskaya Station before backtracking into the center of Moscow, stopping off at (8)Baumskaya, getting off the Dark Blue/#3 line at (9)Ploschad Revolyutsii.  Change to the Dark Green/#2 line and go south one stop to see (10)Novokuznetskaya Station.

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