St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral was built around 1158 in the Norman style and is the largest church to have been built in Scotland. Towards the end of the 16th century, the central tower collapsed, taking the north wall with it. Much of the ruins were then removed for re-use in construction and nothing was done to preserve them until 1826, after which the cathedral was scrupulously maintained.

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  • Architecture
  • Monuments

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  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m

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St Salvator's Chapel

St Salvator's Chapel, founded in 1450, is one of the two chapels of St Andrews University, the other being St Leonard's Chapel. The chapel has a late Gothic architectural style, but underwent alterations in the late 17th century, in the 1860s and throughout the 20th century. St Salvator's is the only university chapel in Scotland to have a complete set of six bells. Four new bells were added to Catherine and Elizabeth (the existing bells) as part of the university's 600th-anniversary celebrations in 2010.

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Canongate Kirk

When stepping up to Canongate Kirk you may be excused for not quite knowing what the building is. The front is unusual with its flat facade, heavy Doric porch and strange Dutch style gable, topped by a set of real antlers.


St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral was founded in the 11th century but the original cathedral burned down in 1385 and was rebuilt shortly afterwards. In 1466 St. Giles became a collegiate church and around 1490 the lantern tower was added. In the 16th century, the reformer John Knox became a priest of St. Gilles and was buried there, making the cathedral the mother church of Presbyterianism. He is commemorated by a 19th-century stained glass window in the south wall of the church and, since 1904, by a bronze statue on the north side.