Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt
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Undercroft, Treasury & Crypt information
Lonely Planet review
A set of stairs in the south transept leads down to the undercroft, where you'll also find the treasury and crypt – these should on no account be missed. In 1967 the 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. 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 that 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.
Improved access and new exhibitions are planned for the undercroft, scheduled to open sometime in 2013.