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Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York

Even during a short one day's visit to York, a visit to the Cathedral of York cannot be missed.
The Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of Saint Peter in York, as the full name is, is the second largest Gothic church in Northern Europe.

The cathedral is commonly known as "York Minster". The title "minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title.

Construction started in 1220 in the so-called Perpendicular period, also known as the Rectilinear period, of the early English Gothic.
This period is characterized by an emphasis on vertical lines.

The frequent use of pointed arches and tall stained glass windows as well as the presence of canopies and rose windows enhanced verticality. Due to the great height of the churches and cathedrals, the walls on the outside of the building had to be reinforced with buttresses to be able to absorb the splashing forces caused by the heavy brick vaults. The barrel vault and cross vault of Romanesque architecture were replaced by the cross vault where the ribs became the supporting elements.

The three photos of this post show various aspects of the Gothicism of the Gothic in the York Minster.


■ Picture 1: ◄ Diagonal ►


■ Picture 2: ◄ Bottom Up ►


■ Picture 3: ◄ From the side ►


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