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St Andrew's Cathedral

St Andrew's Cathedral lies on the west bank of the River Ness in Inverness, Highland, and was the first new Cathedral to be completed in Britain since the Reformation. The initiative of Robert Eden (1804-86), the energetic Episcopal Bishop of of Moray, Ross and Caithness, the cathedral replaced a modest chapel on the opposite bank of the Ness which the congregation had outgrown. It was built in the Gothic-Revival style during the period 1866-69 at a cost of £15,106 by local architect Alexander Ross (1834 - 1925), who was a member of the congregation. It was originally intended that the twin towers were topped with 30m (98 feet) spires but the spires were never constructed.

The cathedral opened for worship on 1st September, 1869, but was not completed and formally consecrated until 1874.


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