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Review of Elgin Cathedral

Elgin Cathedral
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Owner description: Elgin Cathedral, also known as the ‘Lantern of the North’ is a majestic, historic ruin situated in Elgin. Elgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings, dating back to the 13th century. Elgin Cathedral has a rich history - it was badly fire damaged 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 two towers of the West Front and the Chapter House are intact and open to the public and the climb is rewarded with magnificent views of the town of Elgin. The top of the tower has an open viewing platform with information boards highlighting the visible landmarks. The ceiling of the chapter house is considered to be one of the country’s finest octagonal structures and those with a keen eye may still see traces of gold paint. Joint ticket with Spynie Palace available: Adult £9 Child £5.40 Concession £7
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Very interesting and beautiful. Also, make sure you drive out to the Bishop's castle to complete your visit. Don't miss it.

Visited September 2013
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“Worth a Visit”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

In very poor state but really well tended lawns and with some imagination could see that it was once a magnificent building.

Visited September 2013
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Cape May, New Jersey
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“It Was Built When?!!?”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was the third or fourth or fifth or? cathedral or abbey ruin I have been to on this trip. I would have to say that if you are in the area, take the time to visit. Even if you are unable to get there during the hours you can purchase a ticket and go through the gates and onto the grounds, stop by anyway. You will be able to take unobstructed photos from outside the wrought iron fencing. It is just amazing that structures such as this were built hundreds of years ago and survive to this day in various states of completeness. This one ranks as one of the best I have seen so far.

Visited September 2013
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Rockville, Maryland
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“Beautiful church ruin”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Lots to look at here and great photo opportunities. Don't miss going into the old chapel, taking a seat on the benches, relaxing while you admire the beautiful ceiling and listening to piped in chant! Easy to find. On street parking

Visited September 2013
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“For ruins the Cathedral is very "complete"”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

If you have seen the ruins of the cathedral at St. Andrews this is much better and more complete (although St. Andrews has a much better coastal back drop). If you are up for the spiral stair cases you can climb to the top and get some nice views over the country side. Over all it was very enjoyable. The staff were very nice and friendly, let me put my rucksack behind the counter so i did not have to carry it around.

It is maybe a 20-25 minute walk from the train station and 10 from the bus station. I took a break on my trip along the coast to stretch my legs and see this site. Having a historic scotland membership I go out of my way to see sites like this, this is one of my favourites. If you like historic ruins and castles, and are in the area I recommend making the stop.

Visited September 2013
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