|York Minster from the bedroom window of our rental flat|
We walked into the city through Monk's Gate and mounted the city wall.
Still used as a shortcut and for exercise. Note the crenelation to the right. Towns and castles had to have the king's permission to crenelate.
|Me - and Constantine the Great, proclaimed emperor in York in 306 A.D.|
|Stone gargoyle high up, photo taken with a telephoto lens|
Now connected to York Minster, the large and ornate Chapter House stood separate during medieval times. It was a feat of engineeering, having no central columns, its vaulted ceiling supported by timbers in the roof. It was used by King Edward I for his parliament in 1297. What appears in the photo as dripping tags of lace are carved stone decorations over-hung by carved stone heads. They are many and high up, difficult to photograph, but oh! so fascinating!
|The famous three-faced lady|
|A devil dragging a corpse down to Hell|
There are a number of "Green Man" carvings of faces emerging from folage. This one is a home for birds, their bills thrust up his nostrils.
My favorite windows were these, the grisaille glass appearing silver gray at a distance, yet powdered with brilliant colors.
This original Roman column was discovered beneath York Minster's basement vault during repairs and excavation a few decades ago. Left where it had fallen, the minster was built on top of Roman ruins.
|A nearby exhibit of raptors.|
Jay and I were always ready for a tea break, in this case a hot chocolate break.
|Who says the Church of England has no sense of humor - available in York Minster's gift shop.|