Saturday, 15 September 2018

Elgin Cathedral

Elgin Cathedral is known as "The Lantern of the North" and is one of Scotland's most ambitious and beautiful medieval buildings.
Begun in 1224, Elgin was the principal church of the bishops of Moray. The cathedral was damaged by fire in 1390, following an attack by Robert III's brother Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, who was also known as "The Wolf of Badenoch".
The cathedral lost its roof shortly after the Protestant Reformation of 1560, and later its central tower fell. 
But the cathedral’s fortunes began to change when it became a visitor attraction in the early 1800s. There are guided tours around the ruins but I just wandered around enjoying the atmosphere.

Wandering in a graveyard may sound gruesome, but I loved seeing all the old grave markers and trying to imagine the lives of the people who lived in this community and came to this cathedral to worship. The tombstones tell so many stories.


 This saucy little fellow was found hiding behind a wall when some restoration was going on. Make sure you read the explanation in the next photo. And before you ask.... yes, I looked, of course I did, and yes.... anatomically correct!


9 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Love that the long ago stone masons had a sense of fun.
I also love to wander through old grave yards. So many stories contained within them... And often hints about those stories on the tombstones.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Isn't it amazing how it's mainly the archways that have survived the years of Elgin Cathedral. I love walking through old graveyards too Shammi, for exactly the same reason you do, imagining the lives and how they lived all those years ago ✨

Marie Smith said...

Lol. The detail for the time is amazing. Loved those ruins when we visited too.

William Kendall said...

Quite a marvelous place to explore!

bill burke said...

What a great place to visit. I love old graveyards, they sure are interesting.

Anvilcloud said...

Everything about this place looks delightful, even that little 'joke' or whatever.

LL Cool Joe said...

It looks like a very beautiful place to visit, full of character and lots of history!

photowannabe said...

What a fascinating place. I would love to see this. I have always liked wandering around old cemeteries. Thanks for showing this one.

Joared said...

Enjoying your photos and narrative. Thanks.