Category:  Architecture Photography | Posted: October 19, 2017

The Chapter House, York Minster, UK

Octagonal Architecture

by El-mundo

Inside Beautiful Architecture Contest Winner 
The octagonal Chapter House, built roughly over 20 years between the 1260s & 1280s, is built using vaulted timbers in the ceiling as support instead of a central column or columns, and is considered a revolutionary architectural engineering technique.

In 1297 the Chapter House was used as the location for the Parliament of King Edward I, and the space is still used today for the College of Canons meetings and for part of the installation of new Canons. The 44 seats which run around its walls are arranged in groups of six, so each canon has an equal voice during the meetings. These can be seen around the bottom of the photograph, and a lady is praying sitting in one of them in the right full column in the picture, coincidentally captured but giving good scale.

The detailed carvings, intricate stained glass windows and amazingly decorated ceiling are considered some of the finest in Europe.


Post Type Photography Mixed Media Minor
Shot with a smartphone & widescreen lens to capture from floor to ceiling.






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