York Minster

Hi Lovelies!

I do hope you’ve all had a peaceful week. As April draws to a close, I found myself needing a weekend to recover and relax. Sometimes we all need that time to just stop and reflect. After a very lazy morning on Saturday, I decided to pop to York. I absolutely love it there: the cobbled streets, the eclectic mix of different shops and the beautiful Minster. (I am ashamed to say I’ve probably walked past it, looking up, at least a handful of times!)

As you approach the Minster, it is clear to see that it’s a magnificent piece of architecture. I really do feel like it’s incredible that buildings have stood through momentous historical events. Of course things change them, people and weather mainly, but they still stand tall and strong.

The Minster was built over 250 years, starting in 1220 and finishing in 1472. The first thing that got me was the fact that generations of people worked on this building to never see the end product. This building was the centre of so many lives, just as it is today.

My absolute favourite aspects were the many medieval stained glass windows. The detail, the stories and the conservation are just mind blowing. I found myself completely taken with them as I looked around. I personally liked The Great East Window. This is the size of a tennis court so it really isn’t a surprise that it caught my eye. More than half of the England’s medieval stained glass is at York Minster.

From the outside the glass looks divine, but it is once you are inside the pictures come to life. When the sun shines in it must create a rainbow like reflection. I also loved the glass which shows the Tudor Roses. Again, massive in size and colour, it sits proud at the top of the Minster.

Along with the glass, the ceilings are also incredible in design and colour. It feels so grand, so impressive. It’s awe inspiring to be within there. As I was walking around there was music playing in preparation for the Evening Song service. It was like a heart beating.

I found myself feeling incredible moved as I walked around. I had tears in my eyes for so many reasons. The numbers of men and women who died to save us in many battles and conflicts. The beauty that building creates even after a fire threatened to destroy it. The moment of reflection to think about my own loved ones and put everyday trials into perspective.

York Minster is the beating heart of the city. It is astounding in so many ways and I feel truly grateful to have seen it. After all, I am a firm believer in it is how a place makes you feel that stays with you longer than the sights of that place. This place with certainly stay with me.

Here’s to May everyone! I can’t quite believe it.

Big love. Xx

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25 responses to “York Minster

  1. It is a magnificent structure and the stain glassed windows are gorgeous.

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  2. York Minster is so beautiful!! I really do need to find time to pay it a visit xx

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  3. Beautiful! photos and lovely post! And yes, this month has just flown by!! =D

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  4. It is amazing how a place can make you feel so many things. I am always in awe of buildings that have lasted hundreds of years! What a nice way to spend a day off!

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  5. You capture the everlasting magic of York brilliantly! This is my favourite cathedral/Minster and I used to visit regularly when I lived in Yorkshire. I was so glad you featured the stained glass windows as I was always drawn to them – and an interesting fact that half of the medieval stained glass windows is there – another fascinating fact for my post on the stained glass window museum!

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    • Oh yes good point! I really did enjoy your post about that. Thanks so much for appreciating it. It’s amazing what these places mean to people and what they do for us. I’m not religious but I still found deep comfort in visiting. Hope you’re well love. X

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  6. I must go, looks fantastic. I love visiting places that are steeped in history. 🙂

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  7. What an amazing place Charley. Hope you’re well 😀

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  8. This is such a beautiful building! I hope you have a wonderful May 😀 ❤

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