On a whim, immediately after a lengthy, lengthy day out exploring the Angus Glens, I diverted into Brechin as the sun descended on a stunning May well day. Brechin (pronounced BREE-eh-kin with a guttural, phlegmy break in the middle that is really difficult to articulate) is a fairly town in eastern Angus, just off the principal A90 major toward Aberdeen, and it is renowned for becoming the house of Brechin Cathedral.
There are not numerous cathedrals left in Scotland thanks to the Reformation, but these that are left, areas like St. Mungo’s in Glasgow and Brechin Cathedral, are extremely strong areas. I usually wonder if it is the church and the belief technique that tends to make such a spot strong, or if, like a nicely constructed more than a spring, the spot of worship just serves as a conduit to some higher energy inside the earth. Maybe it is each, and additional.
Brechin Cathedral was left to me on this stunning day. I wandered the graveyard in the light of the setting sun, noting the identical reddish stone applied in numerous of Angus’s other historic web pages, areas like Arbroath Abbey, Edzell Castle, and the aptly named Redcastle.
Brechin Cathedral is a glorious home of worship, but a single of its most distinctive characteristics is the tall, Irish-style round tower adjoining the principal square tower. This 106-foot tall tower was constructed as a freestanding tower in the 11th century, and it remains a single of only two such towers on mainland Scotland (the other is at Abernethy). Such round towers had been bell towers when upon a time when somebody would climb to the leading and ring handbells from the window. The stunning door is reduce from a single stone and decorated with a really Irish depiction of Christ crucified.
It is believed a Medieval cathedral and Celtic monastery preceded the creating of Brechin Cathedral through the reign of Kenneth II, MacMalcolm, King of Scots in the late 10th century. In the mid-12th century King David I converted the church into a Norman-style cathedral, and the kind we see nowadays hails from 1900. My favored architectural detail of Brechin Cathedral is the huge “rose window” on the Queen’s Aisle, the north transept named immediately after Queen Victoria who died through its creating. Note the modest heads to either side of the window.
The interior of Brechin Cathedral serves as a moody spot of worship but also a regional museum, which is widespread for churches in modest-town Scotland. Right here you will obtain some nicely-preserved Pictish stones as nicely as two stones of unique note: The Mary Stone and the Brechin Hogback. The hogback in certain is a gorgeous slab of red sandstone in the Ringerike style, which mixes Celtic and Scandinavian motifs, and dates from the 11th century.
Standing quiet and resolute in the heart of Angus, Brechin Cathedral is a stunning spot of contemplation and artistry. Practically nothing lasts forever, but some items final a lengthy time. I, for a single, am glad Brechin Cathedral is a single of them.