Minster is a Gothic cathedral in
York, England and is one of the
largest of its kind in Northern
Europe alongside Cologne Cathedral.
The Minster is the seat of the
Archbishop of York, the
second-highest office of the Church
of England, and is cathedral for the
Diocese of York; it is run by a Dean
and Chapter under the Dean of York.
The formal title of York Minster is
The Cathedral and Metropolitical
Church of St Peter in York The title
"Minster" is attributed to churches
established in the Anglo Saxon
period as missionary teaching
churches, and serves now as an
honorific title. Services in the
Minster are sometimes regarded as on
the High Church, Anglo-Catholic end
of the Anglican continuum.
a very wide Decorated Gothic nave
and chapter house, a Perpendicular
Gothic choir and east end, and Early
English north and south transepts.
The nave contains the West Window,
constructed in 1338, and over the
Lady Chapel in the east end is the
Great East Window, (finished in
1408), the largest expanse of
medieval stained glass in the world.
In the north transept is the Five
Sisters Window, each lancet being
over 16 metres (52 ft) high. The
south transept contains the famous
November 2002, York Minster was
illuminated in colour, devised by
York-born Mark Brayshaw, for the
first time in its history. The
occasion was televised live on the
BBC1 Look North program. Similar
illuminations have been projected
over the Christmas period in
Minster was also artistically
illuminated on 5 November 2005,
celebrating the 400th anniversary of
the foiling of York-born Guy Fawkes'
gunpowder plot. This was done by
Patrice Warrener using his unique "chromolithe"
technique with which he 'paints'
with light, picking out sculpted