Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt

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York , England
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A set of stairs in the south transept of York Minster leads down to the architecturally outstanding undercroft, treasury and crypt. The treasury houses 11th-century artefacts including relics from the graves of medieval archbishops. The crypt contains fragments from the Norman cathedral, including the font showing King Edwin's baptism, which also marks the site of the original wooden chapel. Look out for the Doomstone , a 12th-century carving showing a scene from the Last Judgement with demons casting doomed souls into Hell.

In 1967 the minster foundations were shored up when the central tower threatened to collapse; while engineers worked frantically to save the building, archaeologists uncovered Roman and Norman remains that attest to the site's ancient history – one of the most extraordinary finds is a Roman culvert , still carrying water to the Ouse.

A new interactive exhibit in the Undercroft, Revealing York Minster , leads visitors through 2000 years of history on the site of the cathedral.