St. William's College in the Minster Close was built in 1461 as a school for the Minster priests. Many alterations were made to th ebuilding during the 16th and 17th centuries, it was later turned into slum tenements and was in a terrible state of disrepair before its eventual restoration at the turn of the century.
Part of the building is now a popular restaurant, very popular with tourists and visitors to the Minster. Though not obvious, the inner courtyard is open to the public, as are three of the beautifully panelled upper chambers, when not in use for conferences or receptions.
York Minster. The Cathedral & Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York is popularly known as 'York Minster' from its original foundation as a missionary church or monaterium. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York and, as such, is, not surprisingly, the most dramatic of churches in Northern England. It is simply vast - the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe - and displays some of the best examples of the medieval craftsman's work to be found anywhere. Particularly of note are the fine carvings in the chapter house (c.1275) and the fantastic array of medieval glass dating back to the 12th century.
The present structure was built in several stages between the early 13th and late 15th centuries. The transepts are early English, the nave is decorated gothic and the tower, quire & lady chapel are Perpendicular. Remains of the previous Norman structure can be seen in the undercroft, but the Minster has been the site of Christian worship since King Edwin was baptised here in AD 627!
Beside the Queen's Path, near the Minster's South Transept, stands a quite recent addition to the York landscape which, interestingly, reminds us of its most ancient piece of history. Here the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great sits, immortalised in Bronze, on his Imperial throne.
Constantine was the son of the Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus, by St. Helen, supposedly his British mistress. Constantius stayed in York for long periods in the early 4th century, to oversee the strengthening of the city's defences (including the 'Multangular Tower') following a popular uprising in the province. He died in the city in AD 306 and the people of York were the first to hear his son declared Emperor by his loyal troops immediately afterward.
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