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York, England

York is a city in the north of England, on the River Ouse, near its confluence with the River Foss. The city's geographic coordinates are 53°57' North, 1°05' West.

York was county town for Yorkshire which takes its name. Now it is a part of a unitary authority named City of York which is surrounded by the county of North Yorkshire.

York is dubbed the "eternal city" and is renowned for its history which is preserved in the city's buildings. Since Roman times, York has been the main city in the north of England. For the Romans it was a major military base, named Eboracum. Emperor Septimius Severus died there in 211 AD, and Constantius Chlorus, the father of Constantine I, died there in 306.

On March 16, 1190 Crusaders started to massacre the Jews of York.

The Anglo-Saxons called the city Eoferwic. The Vikings called the city Jorvik.

York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in England, and dominates the city's skyline, while surrounding York's centre are the city walls, built by Henry III in 1220.

A popular tourist attraction is the Shambles, an old street with overhanging timber-built shops, now occupied by souvenir shops as opposed to butchers.

York is also noted for its wealth of pubs. The York area is said to contain one pub for every day of the year, although this is now a little exaggerated.

York has one football team in the English league: York City[?]. Since the 1960s it has also boasted one of the country's leading universities: The University of York.

Places of interest

See also: other Yorks

External Links

  • The York area is served by a local newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Press.
  • Information about York including local classified adverts can be found at This Is York (http://www.thisisyork.co.uk).

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