Aberdeen and the Northeast Travel Guide

Aberdeen and the Northeast Sights

St. Nicholas Kirk

  • Union St. Map It
  • Aberdeen
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 05/04/2017

Fodor's Review

The original burgh church, the Mither Kirk, as this edifice is known, is not within the bounds of the early town settlement; that was to the east, near the end of present-day Union Street. During the 12th century the port of Aberdeen flourished, and there wasn't room for the church within the settlement. Its earliest features are its pillars—supporting a tower built much later—and its clerestory windows: both date from the 12th century. The East Kirk is closed for renovation work, which has been extended due to the discovery of numerous skeletons, mainly children, that date back to the 12th century; the post-excavation work can be viewed from a large window in the Drum's Aisle. In the chapel, look for Shona McInnes's stained-glass window commemorating the victims of the 1989 Piper Alpha oil-rig disaster and a glass case containing two books. One lists the names of all those who've lost their lives in the pursuit of oil exploration in the North Sea; the second is empty, a testament to the many "unknown" workers whose deaths were never officially recorded.

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Union St., Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, AB10 1JL, Scotland

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  • Free, but donations welcome

Published 05/04/2017


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