Sunday, 10 June 2012

St Andrews Cathedral




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There's not much left of the Cathedral at St Andrews, but the remaining towers stand out against the skyline.

The site is maintained by Historic Scotland, but it's also a working graveyard, and seemed to be a popular picnic spot for students. Which is quite an unusual combination, but it's a pretty, grassy site near the sea, so it sort of makes sense.

I would have loved to climb the tower, but it was locked up when we visited - I imagine the views are incredible. But we had fun admiring the impressive gravestones and monuments, strolling through the old cloisters, and trying to photograph buildings much too tall to easily fit in a frame. Not really a must-visit site in its own right, but since the cathedral is just along the coast from St Andrews Castle, it's worth popping in.




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10 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

Very imposing and in an architectural style which I'm trying to pinpoint

Rachel said...

You had a glorious day for your visit, too!

Sharisse Lopez said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing your lovely adventure!

Danielle Simmons said...

Love the history this place emits.

East9thStreet said...

Great photographs! And I agree, kind of odd a graveyard is a popular picnic spot!

Head Ant said...

Can you just imagine the cathedral in its day? Such majesty!

Head Ant said...

Jenny Woolf, it is Gothic architecture.

Charlotte Klein said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Rachel. I happen to like the idea that people picnic in the green spaces of the cemetery. As long as no one is being disrespectful of the graves and the relatives, I see no problem with this.

Shelly { @ Quiet Luxury } said...

WOW. These images are amazing. What inspiring architecture.

xx
Quiet Luxury


becky said...

oh, rachel, your photos r splendid...thanks for feeding mr hunger for architectural wonders, especially the arches and their repetition!!!

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