The Central Tower collapsed in 1407 due to the soft soil beneath it, and nearly collapsed again in the 1970s before major structural work reinforced its foundations.
The Minster is one of only seven out of over 3,000 cathedrals in the world to have its own police force.
York Minster is located on one of the most significant sites for Christianity in Europe. The Roman Emperor, Constantine (272-337 AD), was proclaimed Emperor while visiting the city, known then as Eboracum.
Before the building you see today, there have been at least three other Minsters on or near the cathedral's current site. The first known reference to the cathedral is in c.627, when the Anglo-Saxon King Edwin of Northumbria was baptised in a wooden church.
The Minster Choir is the only mixed (boys and girls) choir in the country where students do not board, but share services and performances equally.
York Minster was ablaze in 1753, 1829, 1840 and 1984. Read on for more info...
The famous Kings' Screen at the top of the Nave is asymmetrical, with seven statues to the north and eight to the south. Read on for more info...
The Minster hasn't always been a church or cathedral. In 1644-1660 cathedrals were technically abolished by Parliament. The Minster became a 'Preaching House'.
The 2012 Royal Maundy Thursday service was the second time that the ceremony had taken place at York Minster, the previous occasion having been in 1972. This is the first time that it has taken place twice in any church or cathedral outside the London area.
Appointments including that of Dr John Sentamu and Rev. Libby Lane happened at York Minster. Read on to find out more about their historical significance...