Aberdeen and the Northeast Sights

Marischal College

  • Broad St Map It
  • Aberdeen
  • Educational Institution

Published 05/04/2017

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Founded in 1593 by the Earl Marischal (the keeper of the king's mares), Marischal College was a Protestant alternative to the Catholic King's College in Old Aberdeen. The two joined to form the University of Aberdeen in 1860. The spectacularly ornate work of the main university building is set off by the gilded flags, and this turn-of-the-20th-century creation is still one of the world's largest granite buildings. In 2011, the building's interior was rebuilt to house the city council. In keeping with the Aberdonian custom of never throwing anything away, the discarded materials have already been used in buildings around the city. The building works across the road are the controversial new Marischal Square development which will house shops, offices, and restaurants.

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Broad St, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, AB10 1YS, Scotland

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Published 05/04/2017


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