Day Thirteen: St Andrews

I went up to St Andrews to visit two friends from Yale, one who lives in Scotland and one passing through. When I got my tickets, which were for a train connecting to a bus, I had to remind myself that transportation in this country runs on time and thus that everything would be fine. It was.

Scottish coastline, from the train
Scottish coastline, from the train
A man sitting casually with his owl
A man sitting casually with his owl

The historic Holy Trinity Church in St Andrews was where John Knox preached his first sermon, or something like that. It’s clear that now it functions at least as much as a museum as as a church.

Inside the pre-reformation Holy Trinity Church (Church of Scotland)
Inside the pre-reformation Holy Trinity Church (Church of Scotland)
The pulpit is made of translucent stone, like the Beinecke library at Yale
The pulpit is made of translucent stone, like the Beinecke library at Yale

The other religious heritage gem in St Andrews is the ruined cathedral, which was first built in the 12th century; what remains now dates to the 14th century. It was ruined because of┬áthe Reformation, but I don’t know exactly how. There’s a graveyard next to it, with rather more modern (19th-century) graves; many appear to be Catholic, but one large memorial was for a minister who was important in the Church of Scotland, so I don’t know the story.

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