A Roman HQ building used to be where the Minster now stands. The Roman HQ was in the middle of a Roman Fort.
The first minster in york was built for the baptism of Edwind, the Saxon King of Northumbria, the building was only small and made out of wood. The location of this Minster is still unknown, but it had been replaced with stone. It was probably made bigger and improved serveral times before the Normans came.
On the present site of the York Minster Archbishp Thomas of Bayeux built a Norman Cathedral
The East end and West front of the Cathedral was rebuilt by Archbishop Roger
The South Transept started to be rebuilt by Archbishop Walter Grey in Gothic style. Then over the next 250 years the whle of the York Minster was slowly rebuilt.
The current building as we see it today was finally finished in 1472.
York Minster is both a Minster and a Cathedral, it is the largest medieval gothic catherdral in Northern Europe.
Near the York Minster Constantine the Great was proclaimed Roman Emperor in 306 after the death of his father Constantius. His recognition of the civil libeties of his Christian subjects and his own conversion to the Faith established the religious foundations of Western Christendom.
If you are not a resident of York it does cost to get in. York Minster provide both free and paid for guides around the Minster.
York Minster is opening its doors for longer so you can get all the spectacular views from Central Tower at night this weekend only!
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