Friday, March 5, 2010

York Minster from Minster Gates 2

The stonework of  the Rose Window dates from the mid-13th century, but the stained glass was not added until after the War of the Roses, at the end of the 15th century, to mark the establishment of the Tudor dynasty (1485-1603). The Tudor Rose was a conciliatory combination of the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York.

The best-known of the five Tudor monarchs are Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, whose death in 1603 ushered in the reign of the Stuarts.

The window was restored after the 1984 fire which destroyed the south transept roof.


  1. Such an imposing structure. You can't help but be impressed with it and its history. Your photo of the rose window has caused me to think for the first time how much it looks like a mandala.

  2. Beautiful!
    Any chance you can take a photo of it from inside? :)