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A religious establishment has been present in Brechin for at least 1,000 years as indicated by the Pictish round tower. It would have once stood alone, but close by there was a church of the Celtic order. Today it is built into the fabric of the medieval cathedral. A small town began to grow up immediately to the north of the cathedral.

The Pictish round tower is Irish in style and was probably built by Irish masons who built a detached stone church nearby. The round tower is one of only two surviving examples of an Irish style tower in Scotland; the other is in Abernethy.

The effect of the King David Iís Normanization of Scotland in the 12th Century were felt in Brechin. The Celtic monks were replaced by a chapter of Roman canons. They built a new cathedral which has been added to and changed over the centuries.

About Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

Brechin Cathedral
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Journey to Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower are located in the town of Brechin's town center off the A933 in Angus, Scotland.

Ordnance Survey Map (NO5952060212)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the Brechin Cathedral website. General tourist information may be found at the Dundee and Angus website.

Additional Photos of Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

Visitor Information Board, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Approaching Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Front of Cathedral, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Interior of Cathedral, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
The 11th Century Mary Stone, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Pictish Symbol Stone, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Christianized Side of the Pictish Symbol Stone, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Round Tower Descriptive Sign, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Round Tower, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Door to Round Tower, Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower
Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

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