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  St Andrews Cathedral
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St Andrews Cathedral an the eastern end of the town at he junction of the two main streets.
The site is a collection of old religeous buidings on a large imposing plot.
There as probably been a religeous building on the site since the 8th C. and St Andrews became the centre of the church in Scotland.
The ruins we see today are the remains of a building which took 150 years to complete. Consecration date was 1318.
In 1378 the cathedral was badly damaged by fire and had to be extensively rebuilt. And in 1409 it was the turn of the end of the south transept to collapse under the force of a winter storm.
However it was the Reformation of the church which finally bought an end to the cathedral and it was sacked in 1559.
Thereafter much of the cathedral was broken up and used as building material for the town, and today there are only fragments left.

In care of Historic Scotland.

Admission Charge for museum, grounds free.

Directions: In St Andrews on the A91

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2005
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