Dunblane Cathedral is a fascinating building that stands on a site that has been sacred for well over 1,000 years. Its beautiful Gothic exterior, conserved by a 19th-century restoration, hides a past of neglect and renewal. The distinctive red sandstone tower sits at a strange angle to the later church, which was laid out in one go and survives mainly because it went on to serve as a parish church. The chancel was used for worship up until 1886, when it was deemed too small. The ruined nave was restored to the designs of Robert Rowand Anderson from 1889, with the weathered medieval stonework retained. Today, the church is an active place of worship. Inside are Pictish carved stones, rare 15th century choir stalls and handsome 19th-century church furnishings.
The Cross, Dunblane, Perth and Kinross FK15 0AQ Scotland
01786 823 388
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