Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. Peter
Became a Cathedral in 627
A wooden minster church was built here around 627 AD in which the Saxon King Edwin was christened by Paulinus, first Archbishop of York. From this tiny start grew the largest medieval structure in England. York Minster is so perfectly proportioned that it never seems quite as massive as it is, and surrounded by the glories of the City of York it seems very naturally placed.
It has numerous notable points, too numerous for this page to encompass, but one of it's chief glories is it's famous Great West Window, installed in 1338 and known as "the Heart of Yorkshire" because of it's shape.
As befits Britain's largest medieval church there is more stained glass here than in any other British church. The massive east window is the size of a tennis court! The Minster famously suffered a terrible fire in the 1980s and restoration is now complete.
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