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20.11.07
  York Minster, Outside Views

You can imagine that it isn't easy to capture pictures of the outside of York Minster that do the magnificient building even a shade of justice. But I tried.

West facade

Processions in the Middle ages would have entered in the west and passed the length of the building, but today, the south transept gate with the rosette window serves as main entrance.

East nave

The east nave shows an additional, shorter transept; that's the place where the quire is located inside.

Crossing tower

Part of the main tower situated atop the crossing, seen from the west in the evening sun.

West nave

It's difficult to distinguish, but behind those pillars standing up into the air, you can see the flying buttresses that connect the aisles with the main nave. It's a feature serving as support but even more as decoration.
 
Comments:
Great pictures, and guess what...I've been there! :) I loved visiting York (did you happen to visit Durham?), although it was soo long ago, I think I need to go back (don't you think so?).
P.S. I found books 1 and 2 of the Heirs of Saint Camber! So email me your snail mail addy and I'll send them on to you. (I'm still looking for book three).
 
Okay, you might need my email. It's been a long day. Here it is: aedmartin@hotmail.com
 
Wonderful shots, Gabriele.
Is it just the sunshine, or does the stone have a natural golden hue?
 
Lovely photos, Gabriele. You did well getting uncluttered shots! York Minster is like St Paul's in that respect, it seems hard to get a clear view of it from anywhere.

Bernita - I think the stone has something of a natural creamy colour and the sunlight picks that up beautifully. It's magnesian limestone from Tadcaster (about 10 miles away). The Romans liked it too; I think the same source of stone was also used for most of the Roman walls, though I don't know if it was the same quarry. It's still quarried today. Trouble is, although it's a very pretty stone and lovely to carve, it's soft and tends to crumble.
 
Thank you, Ann. I'll send you an email.

Bernita, as Carla said, the stone is a yellowish-creamy colour, and in additon, all shots but the second were taken in the evening sun. Most tourists were off dining already, I suppose.
 
Beautiful photos. It's such an imposing building.
 
Oh, oh! I've been there, too!

York was fabulous, especially the Jorvik centre. There's just a feel of history about the place regardless of the modernisation.

I might have to drop in again when I'm in England next May.
 
Great pics, Gabriele. I have very happy memories of being in York Minster a few years ago, about 3 weeks before Christmas. The choir were singing Christmas carols and it was snowing outside. ;) It was one of those amazing, incredibly happy and satisfying times you remember forever.
 
It is imposing, Shelley. And I've seen my share of large cathedrals. :)

Lol Jaye, I finally got pics of a place others have been to, how nice. :) As I said in another comment, Jorivk was great, but photographing was not allowed, unfortunately, so I have but few pics to share.

Alianore, that sounds a wonderful experience indeed. No snow in summer for me, but the evening sun was pretty, too.
 
Wow, Gabriele, that's amazing! Really amazing!! Both the building and the way you have captured it.
 
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Miscellaneous musings of an aspiring Historical Fiction author. Illustrated essays on Roman, Dark Age and Mediaeval history, Mediaeval literature, and Geology. Some poetry translations and writing stuff. And lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes from Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States.

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