Less spectacular than the ceiling, but I also loved the tiles of the Chapter Houuse of the Minster in York (England). This was where the day to day business of the church was run. Construction was begun in about 1260 in the Gothic Decorated style which was then in vogue. The ribbed wooden roof is truly a masterpiece of medieval architecture, with colourfully painted panels and a profusion of gilded bosses. Unlike other chapter houses, there is no central column to support the roof vaulting.
The York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral of Northern Europe, after the Dom in Cologne (Germany) - pictures of which I will publish later. But first York.
The present gothic building was begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472. Among the many remarkable things is the floorplan, which is cruciform rather than the Latin cross which is more common in mainland Europe. This means that the east end of the church is equal in length to the nave. As a result the crossing tower really is situated in the geometric middle of the church.
The north and south transepts were the first parts of the new church to be built in the early 13th century, in the so-called Early English style. Then the Chapter House was built.
Between 1291 and 1350 the widest Gothic nave in England was constructed in the Decorated Gothic style. It actually has a wooden roof, but it is painted to make it look like stone.
Then, at the end of the fourteenth century, the east end was added in the Perpendicular Gothic style.
Finally, in the 15th century the crossing tower was added in the Perpendicular style, as well as the impressive, 15th century choirscreen which contains sculptures of the kings of England from William the Conqueror to Henry VI.