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Machar's Cathedral is believed to occupy the site of a small Celtic chapel erected by St. Machar in AD The succeeding cathedral was founded inalthough the earliest work in the present building dates from the 14th century it was completed in Note the striking towers on the West front, with their sandstone spires dating from toand the 16th-century wooden ceiling painted with coats of arms.
One of the college's identifying features is its huge tower and an elegant stone dome, the only remaining structure of its kind in Scotland and notable for the stone replica of the imperial crown of Charlemagne that sits atop it.
The 16th-century oak choir stalls and wooden ceiling in the chapel are preserved in their original form, and portraits of the Stuart monarchs are carved in wood. A free zoology museum covers everything from protozoa to whales.
Self-guided walking tours of the university are available from its website.
Located on the King's College campus, the Cruickshank Botanic Gardens are well worth a visit and contain displays of interesting alpine and sub-tropical collections, as well as a delightful rock and water garden.
Also of interest in this peaceful acre site are a sunken garden, rose garden, shrub and herbaceous borders, and an arboretum with a fine collection of more than 2, labeled plants. King's College, Aberdeen 3 Brig o'Balgownie: Scotland's Oldest Bridge Brig o'Balgownie: Walk through Seaton Park down to the graceful stone Brig o'Balgownie.
Built on the orders of Robert the Bruce and restored init served as the River Don's main crossing point. Lord Byron, who went to school in Aberdeen for a short time, referred affectionately to the single span bridge in the 10th chapter of Don Juan.
Another fine old bridge is Brig o'Dee. Dating from the s, it's decorated with interesting coats-of-arms and inscriptions and is set in lovely Duthie Park, famous for having one of the largest winter gardens in the world. Evidence of Aberdeen's old medieval town can still be seen around Castlegate, which centuries later is still very much the focal point of the city.
While there's no longer a castle here, the tower of the 14th-century Tolbooth formerly the town hall and prison is Aberdeen's oldest building and home to a museum with fascinating displays on the development of crime and punishment. Exhibits include 17th-century cells as well as the "Maiden," the blade from the city's guillotine.
Diagonally opposite it and adorned with a white unicorn stands the Mercat Cross, a medieval symbol of Aberdeen's right to hold a market. The town cross was built in by Aberdeen's guild of merchants.
Another interesting nearby landmark is St. And be sure to also take a stroll down Union Street, Aberdeen's busy main street.
A beautiful year-round floral experience, the David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park is one of Europe's largest indoor gardens, filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. The acre Duthie Park has open green spaces, trees, beautiful seasonal flower beds, and cascading ornamental ponds.
A bandstand hosts concerts and the summer Opera in the Park.
Built inthe Aberdeen Art Gallery houses a comprehensive collection of 17th- to 20th-century paintings. George Jameson, Scotland's first portrait painteralso has works on exhibit. Sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Jacob Epstein are displayed in the well-lit entrance hall.
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