St Machar's Cathedral

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St Machar's Cathedral information

Location
Aberdeen , Scotland
Address
The Chanonry
More information
www.stmachar.com
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Sat Apr-Oct, 10am-4pm Nov-Mar
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The 15th-century St Machar's Cathedral, with its massive twin towers, is a rare example of a fortified cathedral. According to legend, St Machar was ordered to establish a church where the river takes the shape of a bishop's crook, which it does just here. The cathedral is best known for its impressive heraldic ceiling , dating from 1520, which has 48 shields of kings, nobles, archbishops and bishops. Sunday services are held at 11am and 6pm.