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Spiritual heart of MorayElgin Cathedral is one of Scotland’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals. It is the product of three main building phases, and even in its ruined state, plenty of detail survives as evidence of its development and embellishment.
An awe-inspiring buildingElgin Cathedral is known as the ‘Lantern of the North’. From the time of its construction in the first half of the 1200s, through to the time of its demise at the Reformation in 1560, this monumentally impressive building dominated the flat and fertile Laich of Moray.
Figures in stoneElgin has more medieval memorials than any other Scottish cathedral. Undoubtedly the finest is that of Bishop John Winchester (1435–60), shown in his mass vestments. Close beside him in the south choir chapel is the stone effigy of Alexander Gordon, 1st Earl of Huntly, who died at Huntly Castle in 1470.