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Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth

Residing in the northern part of Scotland, in Moray District, exists what is now the ruins of what was a once great and old structure. Lossiemouth can claim this great structure as its own. The Elgin Cathedral, which is referred to in many texts as the “Lantern of the North”, is an early place for the emerging and strengthening presence of churches and cathedrals dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

In that century the seats of Papal authority existed in surrounding areas both close and far away from Elgin itself. The position and residence of that seat was held by Bishop Bricius. For his own personal reasons and possibly for a greater cause, the petition was a success in 1224 when it was finalized. The original cathedral remained in its prior position in Spynie until the successor to Bricius who was in power when the cathedrals institution in Elgin was confirmed.

It is a unique structure when looked at in from an architectural perspective compared to other structures in Scotland. The houses, or chapters of the facility were octagonal and were a pronounced feature that attract much attention from tourists and historians to this day. Those parts of the cathedral are mostly intact to this day, a testament to their strength and engineering.

The century after being built held some chaos for the cathedra. In the space of the 12 years from 1390-1402, it was both burned and attacked two separate times. The Earl of Buchan and the Isle Lord; as well as their follers, were respectively responsible, for both acts of destruction.

Attempts to reconstruct and repair the cathedral as well as the structures on its grounds met with minimal success in the 15th and 16th centuries. As befell so many of the other structures of the day, Elgin Cathedral fell prey to the abandonment of the Scottish Reformation. Use of the building was pretty much abandoned and forgotten until the 19th century, and the early 20th century.

Preservation on Elgin Cathedral began in the early portion of the 1800s and quite sometime later in the last half of the 20th century the restoration of the block work was completed. The restoration made the structure stable and it appears to have risen from the ruins. Although not restored to the full glory it saw in its prime, the Elgin Cathedral still stands as a beautiful piece of architecture and is well worth the visit.

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