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University Chapel

The Chapel viewed from the balcony clearly showing the stained glass windows
The university chapel is open to visitors most days under the watchful but unobtrusive care of the janitorial staff. It is an active church with regular services (especially during term time) and a place for quiet prayer and contemplation and so visitors are asked to respect the sanctity of the building when visiting. University students and graduates have the right to be narried in the chapel. There is no charge for admission on visits.

The chapel was built by Bishop Kennedy to serve both the town and St. Salvator's College. During the Reformation the chapel was severely damaged, with the destruction by the protestants of anything construed as a "graven image", including Bishop Kennedy's tomb and the stained glass windows.

The chapel altar inlaid with a beautiful mosaic depiction of the Last Supper.
After a century of neglect the chapel experienced several rennovations. In the 1680's, Provost Skene restored both the chapel and the tower. In the 1760's the roof was deliberately collapsed to allow it's replacement, causing further damage to Bishop Kennedy's tomb. Rennovation continuing into the 20th century has restored the chapel to it's rightful place as a hub of the university life.

One legend says that the pulpit in the chapel originally came from Holy Trinity Church, and was used by John Knox to incite the destruction of the cathedral in 1559.

For an excellent full description of the history of the chapel, see the pages by Alistair MacDonald.

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