Marischal College, Aberdeen

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Marischal College is a large granite building on Broad Street in the centre of Aberdeen in north-east Scotland, and since 2011 has acted as the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. However, the building was constructed for and is on long-term lease from the University of Aberdeen, which still uses parts of the building to house a museum and for ceremonial events. Today, it provides corporate office space and public access to council services, adjacent to the Town House, the city's historic seat of local government. Many Aberdonians consider Marischal College to be an icon of the "Granite City" and to symbolise the zenith of Aberdeen's granite-working industry.The construction of the modern college building began in 1835, following the demolition of previous buildings on the site, and was completed in its present form in the early 1900s. It is the second largest granite building in the world. Formerly the seat of the Marischal College and University of Aberdeen founded in 1593, the building was retained by the unified University of Aberdeen which was created in 1860 by the merger of Marischal College and King's College. The buildings of Marischal College continued to be used for academic purposes until the mid-20th century and less and less until the early 2000s. During this period they were frequently rebuilt and expanded upon.In the mid-to-late 20th century, teaching and academic activities at the university began to move to King's College or Foresterhill (for students of medicine) and by the early 21st century a new purpose for Marischal College was required. After a number of unsuccessful proposals, the majority of the building was leased to Aberdeen City Council to be restored and refurbished as office accommodation. The extensive renovation was completed on schedule and significantly under budget and the building opened to the public in June 2011. The university has retained the Mitchell Hall and a number of other significant parts of the building for its own use, in addition to the Marischal Museum.
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  • Beautiful granite building, staning architecture. If the sun is shining, the top of the building looks very much like Milano cathedral. Try to walk around when sunny! You cannot go inside as this is a...  more »
  • Even before it was a University, it is now the town hall where bureaucratic processes, carry out so you can not see much inside. It is the second largest building made of granite, behind el Escorial of Madrid.
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  • This building is impressive by its size and its architecture. Ceilidh events are sometimes held within its walls, and I happened to go there out of curiosity with friends. The entry was free and we had danced all night! A real pleasure :)
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  • Fabulous building, steeped in history. Would advise to go on one of the tours to see and learn more. Also useful when you have to sort things out with the council.
  • I thoroughly enjoy the upscaled and renovated Marischal college. If you are visiting Aberdeen it is worth a picture. Usually used during events such as light or sound festivals.
  • Great building - worth a visit. Check out the quad courtyard in the center - lovely sheltered place for a sandwhich and open to the public any time the Council is open.
  • Fabulous looking building
  • Currently the headquarters of Aberdeen City Council and, in my opinion, the best looking building in Aberdeen.

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