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Those who know me might be expecting a picture of the modern church I attend regularly. But just at the moment I'm in York to help my daughter get everything packed into our two cars and home, as she has finished both her BA and now her post-grad law course and is leaving what has become her second home.

I mentioned, in a comment to clodia_metelli that I could really just point a camera at random, here, and capture a church in the picture (York has 32 Anglican churches, 8 Catholic ones, and then Methodists, Baptists, Society of Friends, URC, and so on, and so on.). After I said it I tried it out by simply taking a picture from my window here in the Holiday Inn -


Yep - definitely a church! That is the church of St Edward the Confessor.

Then, this afternoon as I rounded a corner on my way from the National Trust shop I took this - which has three churches in it. The Minster, obviously, is the one on the right, the one on the left is St Michael le Belfry, and the more distant spire is St Wilfred's Roman Catholic church which is about 50 yards from The Minster.


Talking of The Minster -

365 week 18 Friday

Impressive, eh?


I can't remember if it's Norwich or York that has the densest proportion of churches, but it must be nip and tuck between them.

(And to think I thought M&S in York was somewhere I'd never bother to visit, having more than enough branches near home. I'm obviously missing out!)
I don't really know Norwich - so can't really give an educated guess!

As for the view from M&S - it amuses me that it has one of the best views in the city. That roofscape, odd market stall, and the Minster must not have altered very much in a few hundred years - except that, unless there was originally another church there, no-one then would have been able to see quite the same view.
That's a spectacular view of the Minster! I haven't been to York often enough; it's such a beautiful place. (If flat... but I tend to say that about a lot of places.)
You really ought to stop off on your way up or down. I love the way that that is just the view out from the M&S menswear department - although they have put a cafe in now and it shares the view.
Dumb question, but why is the one "obviously" the Minster? Also, I forgot to say in my comment at your lj that it cracks me up to know there's a Holiday Inn in York. That just seems...wrong somehow.
'Obviously' The Minster because of its size - it's one of the largest Gothic structures in Europe - and because you really couldn't be taking photos of churches in the middle of York without including it. It is the Seat of the second most senior cleric in the Anglican church - the Archbishop of York - currently Archbishop Sentamu - who is an excellent person.

The Holiday Inn is in the same suburb that D-d has lived for the past couple of years - about 600 yards from her house. It is a modern building - whose shape is, in part, determined by the large tree that grows in the middle of it and has clearly been here longer than the hotel.

York may still be medieval in layout, and in many places in structure - but it is not 'precious' about itself - it is still a thriving modern city - so has the usual compliment of Travel Lodges, a Holiday Inn, a Novotel and so on!
Ahhh, thank you. Now we know just how little I know of European architecture/religion. Other than St. Patrick's Cathedral - which I went to mass in with my ex-in-laws - I've never been in any of the "important" US churches, either.

And you gave us our language and the roots of our culture, while we gave you the Holiday Inn and McDonald's. It doesn't seem fair somehow.