E.J.Wilkins

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York Minster - entrance

This is the scene just inside the Minster's main entrance, which is beneath the magnificent (south) Rose Window and opposite the amazing Five Sisters Window - with its five tall lancets, only three of which can be seen in this picture.

To the right are the main admission desks with their red-topped 'Welcome' signs. The large desk on the left, with the lady in blue, is where tickets are bought for the climb up the 275 steps of The Tower.

The Minster** is, according to Wikipedia, equal in size to Cologne Cathedral and I understand they make equal claim to be the largest cathedral in Europe. There must have been hundreds of people there at the same time as us, but it didn't seem crowded once we were inside.
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** Minster comes from the Greek 'monasterion' = monastery
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For information about admission times and prices look -here- .
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York


York Minster - entrance

This is the scene just inside the Minster's main entrance, which is beneath the magnificent (south) Rose Window and opposite the amazing Five Sisters Window - with its five tall lancets, only three of which can be seen in this picture.

To the right are the main admission desks with their red-topped 'Welcome' signs. The large desk on the left, with the lady in blue, is where tickets are bought for the climb up the 275 steps of The Tower.

The Minster** is, according to Wikipedia, equal in size to Cologne Cathedral and I understand they make equal claim to be the largest cathedral in Europe. There must have been hundreds of people there at the same time as us, but it didn't seem crowded once we were inside.
.....

** Minster comes from the Greek 'monasterion' = monastery
.....

For information about admission times and prices look -here- .
.

comments (21)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Oct 2009, 00:39
Wow what a great looking place,I have been to Colognes cathedral and it is BIG
EJWilkins: Yes, it's absolutely huge and quite overwhelming to be honest,
Impressive.
Wouldn't you love it to be empty??

smile

Cheers
Rob
EJWilkins: Yes, it would have been nicer without the bustling crowds, but it's a major tourist attraction ...
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 7 Oct 2009, 01:37
It clearly speaks for itself, Ellie..."build it and they will come!"
EJWilkins: Interesting quote Ginnie, especially as it's been rebuilt several times over the centuries due to fire damage - at least that's what the Wiki article says, I can't find anything much about the history on the current Minster website.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Oct 2009, 01:47
I am pleasantly surprised to not see a Starbucks franchise there, Ellie.
EJWilkins: I didn't see one Ray, although we didn't explore all the building or even where they serve refreshments, there wasn't time
It's interesting to see the interior of a cathedral with a crowd in it...
EJWilkins: A heck of a crowd Larry, but soon dispersed as they got away from the entrance. It must be amazing when it's full of worshippers.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Oct 2009, 07:08
A beautiful look at the 'three' sisters (will we see a close-up?) and the usual busy life at the entrance (quite more in the gift shop and café) - but the people will be quickly dispersing in the largeness of the Minister - wonderful are the silent moments when the Reverend calls to a prayer and all people are standing still listening to his words or to the organ! Nice are the servants dressed up in long red gowns who are ready to explain some details!
(Yes, you are right: The name of my home town Münster comes from the 'monasterium', the Saint Liudger has founded it, in general York and Münster are very similar, twins in their atmosphere and very old history!)
EJWilkins: Unfortunately there weren't any silent moments when we were there Philine, which was a pity.
I know it's a beautiful building, I've been there. Nice photo, but so many people.
EJWilkins: Oh yes, so many people, and all standing and staring at the architecture or poring through guidebooks
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 7 Oct 2009, 08:03
looks like the local market is taking place
EJWilkins: Yep! And I suppose we were contributing to it too.
Money changing in the house of God.

richard
EJWilkins: Hmmm, but not quite, because they use the money for restoration. The level of entrance charges wasn't nice though.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Oct 2009, 09:08
Richard Tr. is right, but I think the situation isn't as bad as the following one described in the Bible- and the churches need the money for restoration.., the helpers might be all volunteers, in some churches in Europe you have to pay entrance fees!
"They came to Jerusalem, and Jesus entered into the temple, and began to throw out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of those who sold the doves. He would not allow anyone to carry a container through the temple. He taught, saying to them, "Isn't it written, 'My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations?' But you have made it a den of robbers!"* (Mark 11)
EJWilkins: They do use the money for restoration, and it's put to good use too, but the entrance charges are so high that I can't imagine anybody going back often - to sit and think, or quietly take their time taking in the atmosphere.
It's a magnificent place though, and I'm glad we had the chance to see it.
I just wish I could see a cathedral like this through the eyes of those medieval people. The sense of wonderment must have been overwhelming.
EJWilkins: The sense of wonderment is still there Chad, but it felt hurried. It's magnificent, so much hard work and effort through the centuries, and a lot still being done to keep the place refurbished. I doubt the teams of stonemasons have ever completely moved out.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Oct 2009, 09:37
A busy place Ellie - do they charge & if so how much? My last two cathedrals, St Albans & Chichester were free. The former didn't even mention contributions, so I gave them more than I usually would...
EJWilkins: When we went it was £6 each 'adult' to get into the Minster, £4 each to climb the Tower. Students and 60+ were £1 reduction for each fee, but these didn't apply to us because we couldn't prove it.
We weren't told about any combined ticket, although looking at the website there are a few options available.
There was no charge for taking photographs for personal use.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 7 Oct 2009, 09:43
I'm amazed how they managed to build such grand buildings. This one is beautiful Ellie!
EJWilkins: One block of stone at a time, each one carefully made to fit a pattern and a design. Sometimes I think they knew more than we do today.
First time I see that one has to pay to visit a religious place.
Fine capture Ellie.
EJWilkins: It's quite common with the larger establishments, they cost so much to maintain.
It is several years since I went in here Ellie, sadly, everyone wants to see the Minster which is annoying for us photographers.
EJWilkins: Ours was a very hurried visit, we didn't have a lot of time to spare so didn't really have the time to stop and take it all in - but there was an atmosphere of bustle, hurrying. Was it the same when you were there?
I have been to York minster and did not go in, wish i had now.
EJWilkins: I would have liked much longer, perhaps at least half a day.
An awe inspiring building Ellie and the people emphasize the large dimensions. Great shot
EJWilkins: Yes, I think the people are important to show the scale
A most impressive place Ellie. Thanks for sharing.
EJWilkins: It really is an impressive place Ron
I can remember the story of the rebuilding of the Rose Window following the terrible fire they had there many years ago. I seem to recall climbing the tower, too!
EJWilkins: It was longer ago than I thought. Reading the page on wiki I was surprised to learn how often the Minster has been damaged by fire, possibly because it's so tall and hadn't good lightning conductors ... or something.
When we went last with Helen and Andy they wanted to go in, they queued but people in front took so long deciding what tickets they wanted they gave up and came out again!
EJWilkins: We were very nearly put off by the queues, but decided to go in because we knew we'd be unlikely to be there again in the near future.
I like York verry much. Great shot
EJWilkins: It's a very nice city, with this wonderful Minster

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