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Visitors to St Andrews Cathedral to Explore secrets of its past

14 April 2011

Visitors to St. Andrews Cathedral will be able to find out more about the secrets of the ancient site’s past at a special event this Easter.

On Sunday, 24th April, the cathedral will be offering a series of tours of its magnificent carved stone collection, which is housed in the cathedral’s crypt.

Visitors will be able to hear first hand the secrets that the stones hold from an expert in Pictish stonework who will be able to explain the markings and some of the stories associated with the site.

The cathedral is home to an outstanding collection of early-Christian and medieval carved stones as well as a fine collection of post-Reformation memorials. Pride of place is the St Andrews sarcophagus, a masterpiece of 8th-century Pictish sculpture.

Niall Robertson, at St. Andrews Cathedral said;

“The stones hold many secrets surrounding the area’s past.

“These stones were in many cases the news outlets of their day, they told the story of individuals, their achievements and the societies which they belonged to.

“The event will give members of the public the opportunity to find out more about the stones and the people who once worshiped and resided here through times of huge political and social change.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to the site for this inaugural tour.”

‘The Secrets of the Stones’ event will run at the cathedral at 11am and 14.00pm on Easter Sunday. Tours will take around 45 minutes and are included in the admission price. Numbers are limited and interested parties should call 01334 472 563 to book their place.   

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For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858