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York Minster is one of the world's grandest cathedrals. And, its medieval stained glass windows are superlative.
The cathedral we see today began in 13th century and took 250 years to complete. It was built on the ruins of earlier churches (one dates back to 627).
York Minster is a classic example of cathedral envy that was common in medieval Europe. Each cathedral wanted to outsize the other. In the York Minster case, the local archbishop wanted to dwarf the cathedral in Canterbury in southwest England.
Like other cathedrals, York Minster suffered serious damages over the centuries from fires (one was as recent as 1984) and by the hands of fervent sackers and religious zealots.
Experts praise the York Minster's medieval stained glass windows. There are 128 in all. The Five Sisters and the Great East Window are the two best.
For a bird's-eye view of York and countryside, climb the steep, narrow, spiraling set of stairs to the top of the central tower.
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