Friday, January 20, 2012

St. Andrews - The Cathedral

A little history of the church from Historic Scotland:

"The cathedral was begun in 1160–2 by Bishop Arnold. Work continued over the next 150 years, interrupted by a storm in 1272 which blew down the west front, and the first War of Independence against England (1296–1307). The cathedral was eventually dedicated in 1318, in the presence of King Robert I, by which date it was by far the largest church in Scotland.

The cathedral church is now ruined. Substantial, and superb, fragments survive, including the east gable of the presbytery, where the relics of St Andrew were held in veneration, the south wall of the nave, and the majestic west front. The cloister to the south retains its ruined chapter house and stone-vaulted undercrofts. The latter now house the cathedral museum, with its fascinating collection spanning the period from the 8th century to post-Reformation times"

The photo below gives a little perspective on the sheer size of the original formation.

Burial sites within the church walls.

St. Rules Tower, originally from the 12th century.

The burial site for Tom Morris.

A tombstomb in remarkable condition considering the age.

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