Sunday, 19 February 2012
A photo to prove that we can also have bright blue sky in the middle of winter!
Ages ago, I promised some photos of York, which is a beautiful and very historic walled city, the county town of Yorkshire. I have not visited since, so - on the spur of the moment and gambling upon the weather forecast being right - I decided to have a day trip on Saturday. In fact the weather turned out to be brighter than forecast, though very cold and windy. It was perfect for showing the lovely gothic Minster at its best.
The Minster/cathedral dates from the 1220s, though there were earlier churches on the site and it has constantly evolved through the centuries. It is one of Britain's most beautiful and interesting buildings, as lovely inside as out. Take a look at the website for more information and photos - you can take a 'virtual tour' too (though for some reason they have filmed the interior without any of the chairs that usually fill the nave, so it looks rather unlived-in!) In my photo, you may be able to see the heart carved into the West Window, completed in 1338, which I think is a lovely feature.
Being so close to neighbouring buildings you really notice how the cathedral towers over them. Imagine then how much more amazing it must have seemed when it was first built, when dwellings were on the whole very modest. Life in those days revolved much more around the church (see this interesting piece) and this building must really have seemed like a bridge between heaven and earth, an offering and reflection of the glory of God.