This week for the blog we are at the beautiful St Machar’s Cathedral Church in Old Aberdeen. A must for anyone who is visiting Aberdeen! The Cathedral is named in the honour of St Machar, who was a disciple of St Columba. Legend has it that St Machar was told to establish a church where the river bent into the shape of a Bishop’s crosier before flowing into the sea. The River Don bends like this just about where the Cathedral is situated and the establishment of this church dates back as far as 580AD.
In the 1130’s, the Church became a Cathedral and by 1165, a Norman Cathedral stood where the church once was. Throughout the 13th Century, the Cathedral underwent extensive renovation. Construction continued until 1530 when it was completed. However, in 1560, the Cathedral lost its status as a Cathedral yet later when the conflict with Charles I escalated, it recovered its cathedral status. And only is a Cathedral by name.
This is simply a stunning building – it was a wet day when we visited so we spent most of our time inside. Full of history and with such wonderful stained glass windows and detail on the ceiling, it is certainly worthy of a visit!