Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld

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Dunkeld Cathedral is a Church of Scotland place of worship which stands on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Built in square-stone style of predominantly grey sandstone, the cathedral proper was begun in 1260 and completed in 1501. It stands on the site of the former Culdee Monastery of Dunkeld, stones from which can be seen as an irregular reddish streak in the eastern gable.It is not formally a 'cathedral', as the Church of Scotland nowadays has neither cathedrals nor bishops, but it is one of a number of similar former cathedrals which has continued to carry the name.HistoryBecause of the long construction period, the cathedral shows mixed architecture. Gothic and Norman elements are intermingled throughout the structure. Although partly in ruins, the cathedral is in regular use today and is open to the public.Relics of Saint Columba, including his bones, were said to have been kept at Dunkeld until the Reformation, at which time they were removed to Ireland. Some believe there are still undiscovered Columban relics buried within the cathedral grounds.The original monastery at Dunkeld dated from the sixth or early seventh century, founded after an expedition of Saint Columba to the Land of Alba. It was at first a simple collection of wattle huts. During the ninth century Causantín mac Fergusa constructed a more substantial monastery of reddish sandstone and declared Dunkeld the Primacy (centre) of the faith in Alba.
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  • We visited the Cathedral that they (urgently needed) to restore. I found they don't bother. Though situated on the right bank of the river.
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  • I wouldn't normally review a cathedral but just wanted to let people know that if they are planning a visit to make sure they give themselves an hour or so to get round it as there are audio guides av...  more »
  • The cathedral is beautiful and although restorative work is on going to the older part - you can feel the history. I cannot visit Dunkeld without stopping at the cathedral for some peaceful reflection...  more »
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  • Visited on a Sunday evening (1730hrs), the gates to the ground were closed. Nice view from the outside tho.
  • Beautiful grounds adjacent to River Tay. Worth a visit but check closing times first.
  • Would give it 4 but it is having renovation work done.
  • One of the best scenery I enjoyed in Scotland. Under the nice weather, the cathedral right beside the river is amazing place to take a rest and enjoy nature.
  • Excellent , lots to see nice place to visit, there was no access to the ruined part at the back due to maintenance, however there are a few viewing points to get a picture or two

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