Thursday, September 01, 2011

York: In English city, cleaning windows becomes a tourist draw

Helen Brower is a window cleaner and people pay five pounds ($7.25) an hour to watch her work.

Brower is one of a half dozen glaziers hired to clean and restore the world’s largest collection of medieval stained-glass windows. They festoon York Minster, one of Europe’s largest cathedrals and they need to be cleaned every 125 years.

More than 43 kilometres of scaffolding was erected to remove the world’s largest stained-glass window — called the Great East Window — in an end wall of the massive cathedral in the heart of this historic city in northern England.

Click here to read this article from the Toronto Star