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York Minster dominates the City of York, literally – it is allegedly the largest church in northern Europe - and spiritually. The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York is the seat of the Archbishop of York, Bishop of the Diocese of York and the second highest cleric in the Church of England after the Archbishop of Canterbury. There has been a church on the same spot since 627AD but the site of York Minster has been built on since at least Roman times. Most of the present building was constructed between 1220 and 1472, restored after damaging fires in the 19th century and, more recently, in 1984.
Highlights include: just standing in the enormous nave; wondering how the beautiful roof of the Chapter House holds up; checking out the kings on the King’s (Quire) Screen; looking at the stained glass – they say that York Minster’s 128 windows hold more than 50% of England’s medieval stained glass. There is a ‘Revealing York’ museum in the undercroft.
Entry to York Minster is relatively expensive.