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Close-up Look at York Minster's Stained-Glass Revelations

07/09/2013 04:41 pm ET | Updated Sep 08, 2013
  • Rick Steves Author of European travel guidebooks and host of travel shows on public television and public radio

The York Minster is famous for its medieval stained glass. The best window, which fills the east end of the magnificent cathedral, is covered with a giant gloomy photo of what we're missing while it undergoes restoration. But the good news is that a small exhibit just below the window, called The Orb, shows four of its exquisite panes that have already been restored. These delicate scenes will ultimately end up high above the worshippers -- well beyond anyone's sight. Created and ultimately intended "for God's eyes only," for a short time they can be enjoyed by us as well.