The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster, is the cathedral of York, England, and is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals of its kind in Northern Europe.  

The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third-highest office of the Church of England (after the monarch as Supreme Governor and the Archbishop of Canterbury), and is the mother church for the Diocese of York and the Province of York.  

Dating back to medieval times, this splendid, giant cathedral features magnificent 14th and 15th century stained glass (it houses the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world), stonework and elaborate tombs.  

At it's highest it stands the equivalent of a 21 story building.  Anyone up to climbing the 275 steps to the top can enjoy close-up views of York Minster's pinnacles, gargoyles, and carvings.