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The architectural framework for the cults of saints: Some scottish examples

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This chapter presents an overview of some Scottish churches which had more specific relationships with saints. It considers the ways in which the design of those buildings may be conditioned by a wish to give architectural emphasis to the saints' cults, as well as the means by which structured access to the main foci of the cults was organized. The buildings to be discussed range from votive chapels established in gratitude for the intervention of a saint in the affairs of an individual, as at Ladykirk and St. Monans, to churches erected to mark sites associated with a saint, as at Culross, Egilsay, Restalrig and Tain. In considering Dunfermline Abbey, Edinburgh St. Giles, Glasgow Cathedral, Iona Abbey, Kirkwall Cathedral, Melrose Abbey, Paisley Abbey and St. Andrews Cathedral, an attempt is made to understand the arrangements made to accommodate the shrines against the background of a complex range of requirements.

Keywords: architectural framework; Kirkwall cathedral; saints cults; Scottish churches; St. Andrews Cathedral; St. Monans



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