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York Carol Service
07 December, 2012
York Minster, York
As part of the
run-up to Christmas, the Chapter House at York Minster makes a
magical setting for a Christmas carol concert. The service starts
at 7pm, and features guest readers. Tickets for this ever-popular
event are on sale from 15 September.
The octagonal Chapter House is a stunning room, attached to the north transept and created between 1260 and 1286. It is decorated with some of the Minster's finest carvings. It is just one part of a magnificent complex, the second largest Gothic cathedral in Europe (after Cologne), which contains the largest expanse of Medieval stained glass in the world (the Great East Window, completed 1406).
The present Cathedral was built to replace a previous Norman building, and on an ambitious scale that would rival Canterbury. Building began on the new cathedral in 1220, but it was not actually consecrated until 1260 until 1472.