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Elgin Cathedral was first build in the early thirteenth century it was as is now a cross shaped building although much smaller. The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries saw rebuilding and extentions after the burning by the "Wolf of Badenoch" - Alexander Stewart - Earl of Buchan. The Earl was excommunicated by Bishop Bur and took revenge on the 17th. June 1390 when his band of 'Wyld Wykkyd Helendmen' decended on Elgin and burnt the Cathedral along with eighteen residencies of the Cannons and Chaplains. The Cathedral's final demise came with the Reformation of Parliament in 1560 when Catholic Mass was banned and the Pope's authority over the Scottish Church was rejected. Although some Cathedrals survived because they were also used as a Parish Church sadly Elgin was not so today all we see of "The Lantern of the North" is a magnificent ruin. Today the Cathedral is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland who restore and maintain this elegant ruined Cathedral.Click here to listen to the haunting tune of Highland Cathedral complete with lots of great views
Opening times 1st. April - 30th. September Monday - Sunday 9.30 - 17.30
1st. October - 31st. March Saturday - Wednesday 9.30 - 16.30 closed Thursday and Friday.

Address: Cathdral Road
Directions: Near to Cooper Park
Phone: 01343 547171
Website: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2008
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