Eurogamer Minecraft Cathedral - Epic Scale Replica of York Minster

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  • Batfink 2 Nov 2010 21:41:48 238 posts
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    Over the last week or so, a bunch of forumites and I have been working on a massive collaborative construction project on the Forum's Minecraft server. It's a 1:1 scale almost-replica of York Minster, largest medieval cathedral in the UK.

    I started by looking up scale drawings/photos on the internet, including a very useful one on the wiki page. I scaled the image in Autocad to fit the 160 meter length of the real building and traced off the columns and walls on a 1m grid. This floorplan ( ) could then be laid out in Minecraft using sand, as 1 minecraft block is 1 cubic meter. I scouted out a suitable place for building using the cartograph map ( ) of the world, and several of us got to work levelling the site.

    From there, it was mostly a case of me building a single section of the building, then having others copy and repeat the design elsewhere. This method was the reason why I chose a cathedral for the project as it has so many repeating elements. I drew the floor pattern in MSpaint ( ), using different colours for different materials. Some parts of the building are entirely of others' design - it truly is a collaborative project, just like the real cathedrals of old! However, we were a bit quicker, taking about 2 years of game days/nights, compared to 300 years for the construction of the real York Minster.

    Every single block used in construction was 100% legitimate. No materials were spawned by admins. All stone and ore was dug and smelted with dug coal. All trees were grown in an on-site plantation. Stone came from all across the map, from everybody's mining operations. Unfortunately, we were pretty slack about taking in-progress screenshots. (If anyone has some, please add to this thread!)

    On with the tour!

    West Facade - Traditionally the main entrance to a cathedral. In the real thing, the main entrance is on the South side.

    Exterior of the Nave - Flying buttresses and the South Transept where the main entrance is.

    South Facade - Main entrance

    The Nave and the South Transept

    The Nave and the North Transept

    The Nave - looking West. Pulpit on the left.

    Roof of the crossing - windows in the central tower let light into the middle of the Cathedral.

    Floor of the crossing - Looking down from the tower windows, the floor is made from obsidian inlaid with 1/2 blocks and smooth stone. Over 500 obsidian blocks were created in-place using buckets of lava. The crossing pattern uses 49 iron blocks.

    The Choir - To the East of the crossing is the church-within-a-church of the Choir.

    The Altar - With a solid gold crucifix. A pig says his prayers.

    The Chapter House - From the North transept, a vaulted passage leads to the Chapter House, meeting room for priests.

    The Chapter House Floor - Inlaid with gold and diamond, edged in brick and more obsidian. This is the richest room in the building.

    Chapter House Roof - All the ceilings in the building are vaulted in wood, but the Chapter House has the most elaborate design.

    More images:

    Tiger Walts' "HDR" composite pictures
    Choir & Altar:

    Video - cheers DDevil!

    Massive massive thanks to everybody who contributed to the project, no matter how big or small the contribution. When we were clearing the site, I was thinking "Uh oh. I can't see one end from the other. This is far too big. We'll never finish." But it's actually turned out really well. I won't name names, cos I'll probably forget someone, so big yourself up please, cathedral builders :)
  • spamdangled 2 Nov 2010 21:45:16 31,614 posts
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    Well done to all involved- sorry I missed out on it!

    I suggest the Sphinx next :-)
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 2 Nov 2010 21:46:28 47,493 posts
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    I'll be uploading the video tomorrow night. Ran out of time this evening.
  • brseg 2 Nov 2010 21:47:30 679 posts
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    AMAZING!! tis a beautiful thing (in real life too).
    Even the planning of such a thing would blow my mind.

    I like the ones which mine all the raw materials, not generate them.
  • coda 2 Nov 2010 21:49:49 1,866 posts
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    What's with all the churches and cathedrals on the server? The server should be a secular!
  • monkehhh 2 Nov 2010 21:51:28 4,849 posts
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    Insane, excellent work everyone :)
  • Razz 2 Nov 2010 21:51:37 63,446 posts
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    Wow! That is awesome!
  • pinebear 2 Nov 2010 22:15:10 8,564 posts
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    EG minecrafters, you legends! Top job indeed.
  • Akari 2 Nov 2010 22:19:22 183 posts
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    However the real things usually half covered in scaffolding. ;)
  • LockeTribal 2 Nov 2010 22:24:02 4,679 posts
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    Amazing work!
  • Deleted user 2 November 2010 22:24:31
    That's really good! You need to dig out a crypt now, and hide some monsters in it.
  • meggsy 2 Nov 2010 22:25:19 1,627 posts
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    Batfink wrote:I won't name names, cos I'll probably forget someone, so big yourself up please, cathedral builders :)

    /Steps up to receive Minecraft Crafting Medal of Minecraftiness.
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 2 Nov 2010 22:26:49 31,952 posts
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    I did contribute a little bit material and something else that I've just discovered may not be as well hidden as I believed ;)

    It is incredible though, everyday I saw it there was always so much extra done. Very nicely done.
  • Trafford 2 Nov 2010 22:32:11 8,036 posts
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    Beautiful work.Hats off!
  • Venatio Features Manager, Gamer Network 2 Nov 2010 22:33:49 4,670 posts
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    This is awesome. :D
  • InfiniteFury 2 Nov 2010 22:37:29 864 posts
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    Absolutely mental, I doff my cap.

    Edit - please make a movie tour.
  • InfiniteFury 2 Nov 2010 22:39:36 864 posts
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    If you're taking requests for next endeavours, I bet you could all do something lovely with Cambridge....
  • morriss 2 Nov 2010 22:40:41 71,290 posts
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    Well done.
  • InfiniteFury 2 Nov 2010 22:43:06 864 posts
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    I'm also paricularly moved by your visible-only-from-space monument: 'PiD is a vagina'.
  • Batfink 2 Nov 2010 22:45:46 238 posts
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    Poor pid :-D

    He could always take it apart himself, so there's only one reasonable conclusion to draw....... :p
  • dsmx 2 Nov 2010 22:56:11 8,242 posts
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    Just remember people if your going to start suggesting things to build it basically has to made of either grey stone or wood. Otherwise it just won't look right it also has to be less than 160m high preferably much lower so we don't have to mine out a huge hole.
  • Deleted user 2 November 2010 22:58:29
    i have got to get MC in my life.

    bad move, perhaps ^^
  • Batfink 2 Nov 2010 22:59:02 238 posts
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    64m high is the limit, if we build at sea level.
  • VandelayIndustries 2 Nov 2010 23:01:31 1,524 posts
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    That is fantastic.

    Any idea what you'll attempt next?
  • Batfink 2 Nov 2010 23:05:55 238 posts
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    I thought I'd give Spending Time With My Loved Ones a go...
  • BinaryBob101 2 Nov 2010 23:07:22 26,544 posts
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    Pretty bloody amazing. To top that off I suggest the Seven Wonders.
  • dwalker109 2 Nov 2010 23:10:26 86 posts
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    Incredible! Mad props to you all, that is quite beautiful.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 3 Nov 2010 06:46:52 47,493 posts
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    Can I have a list of the people that worked on this for the video? Thanks :-)
  • Tabasco 3 Nov 2010 07:05:12 5,861 posts
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    Great to see it finished now! I was more of a supplier than a builder for this one, not going to cook any stone for a while that's for sure! :D

    Awesome work all!
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