York Minster: £20m restoration project completed
A £20m restoration project to improve York Minster has been completed following a topping out ceremony.
The scheme, said to be one of the largest restoration projects of its kind in Europe, included work to restore the cathedral's 600-year-old East Front and Great East Window.
The five-year project, which started in 2011, also saw the building of a new exhibition in the underground chambers.
A £10.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund supported the project.
The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, Dean of York, said: "The restoration of the window - one of the glories of medieval art and architecture - has been a decade in the making.
"It should be world famous as it was designed in the 15th Century with innovative techniques and wonderful detail. It's a delight that we have got it back."
The window, originally completed in 1408, is the size of a tennis court and has 311 panes.
The work required stonemasons, glaziers, curators and learning specialists, the Heritage Lottery Fund said.
York Minster restoration
- The cathedral's East Front has been covered in about 16 miles of scaffolding
- About 2,500 stones have been cut or repaired by stonemasons
- The Great East Window is said to be the biggest medieval stained glass window in Europe
- It has 311 panes and is 24m (78.7ft) tall