We found a map of the city at the museum. We used the map to do a walking tour. From the map we discovered that the ruins on the grounds adjacent to the museum was St. Mary’s Abbey.
The first gate we passed through on our way to York Minster was Bootham Bar (they called their gates Bar).
Bootham Bar still has the walls attached to it on both sides that was part of the Roman fortress. The walls connected to four gates and surrounded the city. It is the oldest gate in York; parts of the gate date from the 11th century but most was built during the 12th and 13th centuries.
We walked through the gate without knowing any of this history and onto York Minster which took my breath away.
It is so large that it is hard to get the whole building in a photograph. Below is a shot of the ceiling inside in one section.
The astronomical clock
One of the large chapels; there were more chapels in this gothic cathedral which just amazed me. This is the largest gothic cathedral in Europe. There were small chapels on the sides, large chapels in the middle – it was absolutely astounding. I have never seen anything like it.
The west window.