Tuesday, 25 October 2011

York Minster - Chapter House Ceiling

The Chapter House, within York Minster, is one of the most beautiful rooms ever created. Built in the Decorated Gothic style and octagonal in shape, it was begun in 1260 and completed in 1286. Its walls contain some of the Minster's finest carvings, most dating from 1270 to 80.
The Chapter House is still used as a meeting place by the Dean and Chapter today. The statutes which govern the organisation have changed very little since they were first established by Thomas of Bayeux.  Each wall contains six seats: to emphasise the equality of all members, no-one can sit centrally.

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