A Fight to Preserve a Historical Set of Stained Glass Windows

York Minster Cathedral Stained glass windows have been around for many centuries. These ornate windows, which have most commonly been used in places of worship, are known to have been used as early as the 7th century in Europe. One well-known example of ancient stained glass windows is at York Minster in York, England. A project is currently underway to preserve this cathedral’s centuries-old windows.

York Minster is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Construction of the cathedral started in the 13th century and was not completed until more than 200 years later in the 15th century. York Minster is renowned for its leaded, stained glass windows. The Great East Window, which was built in the 15th century, is the largest medieval stained glass window anywhere in the world at 76 feet tall.

The age of the stained glass windows in York Minster, some of which date to the 12th century, is a testament to the skill of the craftsmen who originally constructed them. Nonetheless, all stained glass windows require preservation efforts eventually. The windows at York Minster are no exception.

York Minster boasts an incredible 128 stained glass windows, but 74 of those windows are currently exposed to the weather. Stained glass windows that are exposed to weather will eventually develop problems due to corrosion or other weather-related damage.

A fundraising effort is currently underway to cover the costs of applying protective glazing to the stained glass windows. The plan with this project is to preserve the windows, stop any further weather-related damage, and to provide time for conservation work to be undertaken.

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