This weathered sculpture of a female saint once decorated the facade of the Minster in York (England), but can be seen now in the crypt.
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 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 octagonal chapter house, linked to the north transept, was constructed in the early Decorated style.
At the end of the 13th century the construction of the nave started. It is the widest Gothic nave in England, constructed in the Decorated Gothic style.
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.