Kirk of St. Nicholas, Aberdeen

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The Kirk of St Nicholas is a historic church located in the city centre of Aberdeen, Scotland. It is now officially known as the "Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting" as it has membership of both of the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church. It is also known as "The Mither Kirk" (mother church) of the city.The earliest mention of a church on the site of the present Kirk can be found in a Papal document of 1157. Given Aberdeen's proximity to the sea, St Nicholas was chosen as the patron saint of Aberdeen, as a miracle attributed to him was the rescue of some sailors in a storm.The Kirk was enlarged in the 15th century. St Nicholas and St Mary's, Dundee, were probably the largest parish churches in medieval Scotland. This work was dedicated by Bishop Elphinstone in 1498. The 500th anniversary of the dedication of the enlarged church was marked with the installation of a special stained glass window at the main entrance to the Kirk, overlooking Drum’s Aisle.The church contains the Drum Aisle (the ancient burial-place of the Irvines of Drum Castle) and the Collison Aisle, which divide the two congregations and which formed the transepts of the 12th-century church of St Nicholas (architectural detail survives from this period). The West Church was built between 1751 and 1755, to plans given to the burgh by James Gibbs, in the Italian style, on the site of the medieval nave, the East in 1834 in Gothic-revival style on the site of the choir. In 1874 a fire destroyed the East Church and the old central tower with its lead-clad timber spire and its fine peal of nine bells, one of which, Laurence or "Lowrie", was 4 ft (1.2 m) in diameter at the mouth, 3.5 ft (1.1 m) high and very thick. The church was rebuilt and a massive granite tower erected over the intervening aisles, a new carillon of 36 bells, cast in Belgium, being installed to commemorate the Victorian jubilee of 1887. Because the tuning of these bells by van Aerschot was not so good, the bells were replaced in 1950 with 48 bells made by Gillett & Johnston, it is now one of the largest carillons in the UK.
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  • Another magnificent building in the center of Aberdeen. Just dont forget to check.the schedule. We got there late and.missed the opportunity to visit the inside. But.I.still recomend it!  more »
  • In the interest of full disclosure, I must say I love visiting cemeteries. I am a tour guide at one of NYC's historic cemeteries (Woodlawn ,The Bronx). However, the kirk at St Nicholas knocked my sock...  more »
  • The church itself seems to be in need of repair, as many of the stained glass window have parts missing, or are boarded over. The graveyard has a fascinating array of graves of some famous Aberdonians...  more »
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  • Very peaceful and beautiful church building and exemplary kept cemetery. Amazing history in this area of Union Street. I was simply walking by and the sight of the seagulls on top of the memorisl stones was too good an opportunity to miss. They appeared to be keeping an eye on the graves....... perhaps warning off evil spirits?
  • I like this place because it's in city centre, but sadly I never been inside, but it is very historical place to visit.
  • Sadly not open to visitors before May
  • Spectra was as amazing as ever
  • Fun events! Beautiful building and great community.
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