The cathedral's southern facade, with the rose window in the south transept. The West Window was built in 1338, and the Great East Window (completed in 1408) over the Lady Chapel at the east end is the world's biggest span of medieval stained glass...
Inside the minster are many beautiful buildings including a choir stall from 1295, an organ from 1520, an astronomical clock from 1672, and more.
There are also several treasures that aren't part of the official tour which can be seen by visiting the minster's many rooms include: the library containing some 9,000 books; the bishop's palace; and the chapter house where royal decrees were used to govern church affairs.
All in all, York Minster is amazing to see with lots to look at, especially if you like churches and cathedrals. It's open daily from 9am until 5pm (except for Christmas Day). Admission is free but there are restrictions on bringing bags and food into the building.
With a floor size of roughly 5,000 square metres (54,000 square feet), the cathedral is the fourth biggest in the UK after Liverpool, St Paul's, and York Minster. It also has one of the largest naves in Europe.
The vast interior of the cathedral was built over several decades by different architects. The first part to be completed was the north aisle in 1140-60. The central tower was not built until nearly 100 years later. The final touches were done on the south aisle and the choir between 1320 and 1350. Today the cathedral is famous for its magnificent stained glass windows, which date from 1230 to 1510. There are images of Jesus, Mary, and various saints within the walls of the nave and aisles.
You can see many of these images during regular weekday tours that run at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm. There is also an annual window display based on the story of Joseph of Arimathea and his role in Jesus' death and resurrection. This takes place every year on Easter Sunday and runs for about an hour.
Tickets for the daily tours or the window display are included in the entrance fee. Children under 16 go free. There are information points inside the main door where you can get more details about visiting times and tickets required.
1230: York Minster, Northern Europe's second-largest Gothic cathedral, beautifully traces the evolution of English Gothic architecture from the Early English to the Perpendicular Period. The current structure was built in 1230 and completed in 1472. It replaces an earlier version that was destroyed during the Civil War.
15th century: The new king, Henry VII, wanted to make sure that no stone was used unnecessarily and only the most skilled masons were employed. As a result, many buildings of this period are unique examples of Gothic architecture.
17th century: The late 16th century and early 17th century saw an explosion of creativity in European architecture. Architects began to experiment with new forms and ideas as they attempted to outdo their colleagues. This period is known as "Gothic style" or "Early Modern style."
18th century: The mid-18th century was a time of reaction against all things French, including French Gothic style. British architects such as Robert Adam and George Edmund Street designed classicism with British ingredients. They introduced order into the chaos of previous periods and laid the foundation for the next generation of architects who would transform London into the world's capital of elegance and luxury.
19th century: The late 18th century and early 19th century saw another wave of innovation with projects by James Wyatt and John Nash.
York Minster, the city's cathedral, is formally known as the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York. A cathedral is, by definition, the location of a bishop's throne (a cathedra), but the term "cathedral" did not become popular until after the Norman invasion. Before then, churches were often called minsters or abbeys, but none of these titles has any connection with the Catholic church.
York Minster was built over several centuries, starting in 1072. The original church that stood on this site had nothing to do with Rome nor does it have any official link to the Catholic Church. The first true York Minster was built about a hundred years after the Conquest by William de Roufford on land donated by William I. This first building was almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1137. It was later rebuilt by Henry II who gave the job to his favorite builder, Robert of London. The second York Minster stands to this day and is one of England's most important churches. It is famous for its magnificent series of paintings which include some by Leonardo da Vinci. These paintings have been moved around the building over time because they were thought to be in danger of destruction due to damage caused by gunpowder used during the English Civil War. The third and current York Minster was built between 1468 and 1520. This final building was designed by John Thornton and Simon Marbury.
The Cathedral of St. Patrick inside the Brooklyn Museum was built in 1825-1831 in a Georgian style. The cathedral is a landmark of Brooklyn and the largest religious structure in New York State after only two other churches that are no longer in use.
The Cathedral of Saint Patrick was designed by Irish architect Richard Upjohn (1772-1857), who also designed Trinity Church in Manhattan. It is a large, rectangular building with Georgian styling and dimensions of 100 feet long and 53 feet wide. The interior features an elaborate rosette ceiling decorated with medallions and stars created by French artist Charles De Wailly (1796-1873).
The cathedral is located at 7 Eastern Parkway in Downtown Brooklyn. It can be reached by using the D train to Atlantic Avenue or the F train to Flatbush Avenue.
The address is on the board outside the front entrance, but it's easy to miss since it's in the center of the church rather than on top like most buildings. You can see it from the street if you walk up to the museum and look toward the back.