Brechin Cathedral dates from the 13th century. Immediately adjoining the cathedral to the southwest stands the Round Tower, built about 1000 A.D. 

The western gable with its flamboyant window, Gothicdoor and massive square tower, parts of the (much truncated) choir, and the nave pillars and clerestory are all that is left of the original edifice. The modern stained glass in the chancel is reckoned amongst the finest in Scotland.

The quality of the masonry is superior to all but a very few of the Irish examples. The narrow single doorway, raised some feet above ground level in a manner common in these buildings, is also exceptionally fine. The door-surround is enriched with two bands of pellets, and the monolithic arch has a well-preserved representation of the Crucifixion. The slightly splayed sides of the doorway (also monolithic) have relief sculptures of ecclesiastics, one of them holding a crosier, the other a Tau-shaped staff.

Two monuments preserved within the cathedral, the so-called 'Brechin hogback', and a cross-slab, 'St. Mary's Stone' are further rare and important examples of Scottish 11th century stone sculpture. The hogback combines Celtic and Scandinavian motifs, and is the most complex known stone sculpture in the Ringerike style in Scotland. The inscribed St Mary's Stone has a circular border round the central motif of the Virgin and Child which echoes that on the Round Tower.

As a congregation of the Church of Scotland, which is Presbyterian, the church is not technically a cathedral, in spite of its name.

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Founded: 13th century
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Robert Eyres (2 years ago)
Lovely place.
Garry Davies (2 years ago)
tranquil and historic catherdral
Andrew Butterworth (3 years ago)
Stunning cathedral amazing stained glass windows and atruely amazing round tower i visit every time im at my sons its just over the road
Blair Fotheringham (3 years ago)
Beautiful building with interesting grounds and a cheeky penguin outside!
Bryan Taylor (5 years ago)
We would like to thank the minister Rodrick and his staff for the wonderful service. Irene and I were so happy with the whole experience of getting married in the historic setting that is Brechin cathedral We really appreciated the beautiful flower setting that was gifted to us. Than you so much again Bryan & Irene
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