The Roman Column
The Roman Column
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Re-erected next to the Minster, this 22-foot-high Roman column is a remnant from an old Roman fortress, which serves as a reminder that a huge Roman hall (or Principia) once occupied the site where the Minster now stands.
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alibatty🦇
Dundee, UK18,268 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
This Roman relic is rather overshadowed by the magnificent Minster, but this column was remarkably discovered underneath the Minster during excavations, back in 1969. The cylindrical column of 9.5 metres in height, is believed to be part of a great Roman basilica which constituted the headquarters of Eboracum, the Latin name for present day York. It’s the only surviving column of what is believed to be 16 supporting columns of the hall. York is a treasure trove of ancient history, and this is yet another one to wonder over.
Written 9 May 2024
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,132 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
A Roman Column that is currently located in its third position, having once been part of the Roman Headquarters, then rebuilt in another location before being discovered under the present Minster, and now located to one side.
Written 27 April 2024
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Ernie H
Cardiff, UK2,198 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
Well, they left a column buried in the ground until it was found and erected here! Another chapter of York's history on display in a prominent position.
Written 7 April 2024
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA20,620 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Business
It’s really cool that this is still around. A column from when the Romans still had 6000 men here occupying the area. It’s also really cool that the Romans came this far.
Written 17 March 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,30,884 contributions
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Mar 2022
In the shadow of York Minster you will find a stunning example of York's Roman past with The Roman Column.
Discovered during excavations in 1969 ,archeologists dedicated to the city in 1972 to mark the 1900th anniversary of the founding of York.
As impressive as the column is ,standing 9.5 metres high ,it's a landmark structure ,well known throughout York but apparently it stands the wrong way up ,it's a Grade II listed structure and very photogenic and adds to the joy of walking around Minster Yard.
Written 18 March 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
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Jul 2021
This Roman column is here to remind everyone of just how massive was the Roman influence on the city all those years ago.
It's good for a photo-op.
Written 27 August 2021
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futtock21
London, UK16,478 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
This column now re-sited just outside and within the throw of a discus by a Roman centurion from the south front of York Minster was discovered at n 1969 buried under one of its towers broken and lying on its side. It is believed to have been part of the Roman fortress of Eboracum, headquarters of the sixth legion in the 4th century. It had previously been erected by the 9h legion in the first century. It was given by the Dean of York to the city and was unveiled in 1971 to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the City’s founding in AD 71. Its companion can still be seen in the Minster’s undercroft.
Written 16 August 2021
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,30,884 contributions
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Jul 2021 • Friends
The Roman Column in the shadows of the magnificent York Minster is a reminder of the influence the Roman Empire had not just on our country but for most of the known world at that period of time.
The Roman Column is the only one of sixteen known columns that has survived that once were part of north eastern colonnade of the Roman Legion Headquarters building of the VI Legion .
Archeologists discovered the column while excavating beneath the York Minster in 1969 ,dedicated to the city of York in 1971 to mark the 1900th anniversary of the founding of the city .
The Roman Column stands 9.5 metres high and apparently stands the wrong way up ,to be honest I've never noticed this ,I just love the history attached to this Grade II Listed structure, the one thing that always springs to my mind whenever I view the Roman Column is were are the other 15 colunms and how much more Roman history is yet to be discovered in York.
If you enjoy your history I highly recommend you seek out the Roman Column.
Written 29 July 2021
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IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA3,075 contributions
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Apr 2021 • Solo
If you are visiting the Cathedral you will walk right past it it’s an interesting piece of history but not worth a special trip
Written 24 April 2021
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Michael M
York, UK385 contributions
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Mar 2021
On a visit to York Minster we noticed a rather forlorn column, adjacent to an old grey building, at a corner of the square and just opposite to the statue of Constantine the Great. It is said that this is the only remaining column of sixteen similar columns that once were part of a great Roman hall, where they supported the roof of a basilica, or headquarters of Eboracum, the Roman name for York. It is also believed that this is where Constantine was declared Emperor in 306 AD. The column is cylindrical, made from grey grit stone, standing the wrong way up apparently, on a square plinth. It was discovered beneath the York Minster, in 1969 by archeologists excavating the foundations and was donated to the city of York in 1971 to mark the 1900th anniversary of the city's founding in AD 71, and has remained in its present location in 1971.

There is an informational plaque a bit above eye level, not so easy to read because of the column curvature. The column became an English Heritage Grade II listed building in 1983, and is primarily of historical or even curiosity interest.
Written 28 March 2021
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