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St Andrew's Cathedral

Located on King Street in Aberdeen and built in 1810 by local architect Archibald Simpson (1790 - 1847), St Andrew's Cathedral is the centre of the city's Episcopalian community. A small cathedral, but with a splendid interior, it was extended in 1880 and a porch was added in 1911 by Sir Robert Lorimer (1864 - 1929).

The church maintains strong connections with the USA, initially through Bishop Samuel Seabury of Connecticut, who was ordained in Aberdeen in 1774 and thus became the first Episcopal Bishop in the USA. This act brought formal recognition of the Anglican community beyond Britain. The arms of the States of the Union were added to the ceiling by Sir Ninian Comper between 1936-43.

The cathedral's organ was installed in 1818 by an Edinburgh maker. It has subsequently been extended and restored on several occasions and is widely regarded as a fine instrument.


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