Elgin Cathedral is a historic ruin in Elgin, Moray, north-east Scotland.
The cathedral, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was established in 1224 on
land granted by King Alexander II. After a damaging fire in 1270, a
rebuilding programme greatly enlarged the building. It was unaffected by
the Wars of Scottish Independence but suffered further fire damage in
1390 and 1402. The cathedral was abandoned at the time of the Scottish
Reformation in 1560 and its services transferred to Elgin's parish
church. After the removal of the lead that waterproofed the roof in
1567, the cathedral steadily fell into decay. Its deterioration was
arrested in the 19th century, by which time the building was in a
substantially ruinous condition. Today, the walls are at full height in
places and at foundation level in others yet the overall cruciform shape
is still discernible. The chapterhouse is mostly intact, as are the two
towers of the west front and the gable wall above the double door
entrance that links them. Recessed and chest tombs contain effigies of
bishops and knights, while large flat slabs in the now grass-covered
floor of the cathedral mark the positions of early graves.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_Cathedral>
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