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“Beautiful”

St Machar's Cathedral
Ranked #7 of 152 things to do in Aberdeen
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Was at St Machar for a wedding over the weekend. I can't believe how long I have lived in Aberdeen and not known it existed. It is stunning inside. It helped that the sun was shining outside too.

The cathedral really is breathtaking. Would highly recommend a visit.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Had been for few concerts and caroles over the years, they all excellent!!!
the church was located in old Aberdeen, just beside the seaton park, Highly recommended!!!!
Staff are very friendly as well.

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

St Machar's Cathedral is breathtaking in the underlying beautiful simplicity of its interior structure. It really does have the feel of being an old, noble building that has been a place of worship for centuries.
It is usually open, and the guides are helpful. There is literature available that provides insights into the various features of the building.
In addition to being a place of worship, it acts also as a venue for concerts, recitals etc. In this capacity it has the advantage of a fine acoustic, and a splendid organ, but its pews are considered to be among the most penitentially uncomfortable in the whole of Aberdeen, and can make lengthy sitting a bit of an ordeal.
The best way to approach St Machar's Cathedral is on foot, having visited the High Street in Old Aberdeen first. The buildings en route from King's College to St Machar's Cathedral (a distance that can be covered easily in a very leisurely 20 minutes stroll) are full of interest. In those surroundings it is hard to believe that one is less than a couple of miles away from one of Europe's main oil capitals, such is the tranquility for much of the route.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Not a Cathedral in the traditional sense: i.e. not the seat of a Bishop. He packed up his mitre and crozier at the Reformation.

The Cathedral is a Kirk of the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland - but retains it's pre-Reformation name. What exists today is the nave of the original Cathedral. The crossing, quire, transepts and sanctuary, including the central tower are long gone.

It is a chunky building with two unique western towers (one of which contains a full ring of bells). Inside, the cathedral is plain, with a fantastic heraldic wooden ceiling.

It has an excellent mixed-voice choir, a fine organ and welcomes an eclectic international and local congregation due to its prominent location adjacent to the University precincts in Old Aberdeen

1  Thank Rev-Geordie
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We liked the feeling of history which surrounded the place, but not enough was said about the sacking of the cathedral by Oliver Cromwell and not enough was said about the famous or infamous occupants in the grave yard.

Thank jimf1952
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