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(Contributed by Ana)


I was recently in York, in England. It’s a very beautiful and interesting place. This is probably why this city receives the largest number of tourists in England, after London.


Architecturally, York’s most famous landmark is the York Minister, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. This old building was built between 1230 and 1472. The centre of the city is enclosed by the city’s medieval* walls, which you can still walk around today. There are many narrow streets lined with old medieval* buildings too.




York also has a number of old pubs with one dating as far back as 1644. Not only is this pub famous for being the oldest pub in York, it’s also famous for being haunted.


Going back in time, York’s early history was very convoluted. It’s thought that York was founded by the Romans in 71AD. Eventually, it was abandoned, and was then settled by the Angles. The Angles were Germanic people who settled in Britain in the post-Roman period. Later in 866, York was then raided and captured by the Vikings. It wasn’t until King Edred tried to unify England in 954, that the Scandinavians were driven out of York.


York was also the birth place of Guy Fawkes. Guy Fawkes was one of the Roman Catholic restorationists that planned the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Their aim was to blow up the Houses of Parliament to displace Protestant rule.


Personally, I always seem to have a bit of bad luck in York too. This is because despite going to York once or twice a year, it always rains!

* Medieval times are considered to be between the 5th to the 15th century.



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