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York Minster

York Minster

Artist: Girtin, Thomas

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Vol 45

Item number: 7.o

Genre: Topographical Print

View of York Minster- the largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. The Cathedral was built in the 13th century on the site of earlier ecclesiastical buildings. It is thought that there was a church here as early as the 7th century- although this would have been a considerably smaller building made from wood. The earliest parts of the present building of York Minster date from 1154 when Archbishop Roger of Pont l’Eveque built a choir and a crypt. In 1220 Archbishop Gray and the Dean and Chapter decided to rebuilt the Minster and the new church was developed in the fashionable Early English Gothic style.

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