Lantern Tower, York Minster


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate


When I think of ornate my mind immediately drifts to the big, old churches of Europe. Every time I visit one of these ancient sacred spaces I stand in awe at what the master craftsmen of old accomplished under such punishing circumstances.

How DID they do it?!!

As Northern Europe’s largest consecrated Medieval Gothic space, York Minster is also one of the world’s largest Medieval Gothic Cathedrals. It took 250 years complete.

The Lantern Tower, at its centre, was built 1407-1423.

It’s height is 235 feet (71m).

At 16,000 metric tons, it weighs about the same as 40 jumbo jets.*

For an interesting look at other British historic events that occurred during the construction of the Lantern Tower, check out TimeLine.

Thanks for visiting …



©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2015

*About Travel … Fantastic Facts about York Minster

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