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Brechin Cathedral

Pictured is the Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

Pictured is the Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

Brechin Cathedral with its Round Tower is one of the most historically significant buildings in the town.

The round tower dates from the 11th century and is one ofjust two such towers on the Scottish mainland.

The cathedral is also an interesting landmark. Originally built as a monastery in the 12th century, some parts of the building date as far back as the eighth and ninth centuries.

The current building we see today still retains much of its medieval masonry and craftsmanship.

The cathedral is home to rare and important examples of Scottish 11th century stone sculpture. The ‘Brechin hogback’ is an example of Norse Ringerike style and the inscribed St Mary’s Stone shows St Mary and the infant Christ surrounded by figures of the Evangelists.

 

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