Monday, 20 February 2012
Another view of York Minster, this time from the north side, showing the octagonal Chapter House (jutting out left with the pointed roof) and the central tower. You can climb the tower for an exhilarating view across the city, but I didn't this time as it was so windy. This side of the church has a pleasant garden, a nice quiet spot in the middle of the busy city.
The building has several times been damaged by fire. The most recent (as Jack commented yesterday) was in July 1984 when lightning struck the building and a fire broke out in the south transept. The resulting damage, including the beautiful Rose Window, took over four years to repair. The Minster constantly undergoes restoration; there is nearly always some part of it shrouded in scaffolding. There are stonemasons and glass restorers working permanently on site. At the moment they are working on the glass of the Great East Window, the largest expanse of medieval stained glass anywhere in the world.