York Minster - The 'Heart of Yorkshire' window
York Minster - The 'Heart of Yorkshire' West window, with a cross in the foreground. One of the most famous stained glass windows in the UK.
The bottom row of pictures in the West Window illustrates eight archbishops of York. In the row above are the Apostles, from whom archbishops trace the authority for their office. Next are scenes from the earthly life of Christ and his mother, these should be viewed in pairs and illustrate the Annunciation, Nativity, Resurrection and Ascention. The top most panels depict a scene set in heaven showing Mary crowned as Queen. The design in the stonework of the tracery represents the Sacred Heart of Christ and was intended to remind people of His love for the world.
York has been a famous centre for stained glass since the 12th century. Today the Minster and the churches of the city contain the majority of Britain's medieval examples. In the Middle Ages, the windows served to greet, instruct and inspire pilgrims.