King's College Chapel, Aberdeen

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King's College in Old Aberdeen, Scotland, the full title of which is The University and King's College of Aberdeen (Collegium Regium Abredonense), is a formerly independent university founded in 1495 and now an integral part of the University of Aberdeen. Its historic buildings are the centrepiece of the University of Aberdeen's Old Aberdeen campus, often known as the King's or King's College campus.The focal point of the college, as well as its oldest building, is the late 15th century King's College Chapel. A number of other historic buildings remain, with others being subject to renovation and rebuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the early 20th century, a great deal of expansion saw the university buildings increase around the historic college buildings. In the later 20th century, the university expanded dramatically in size, dominating Old Aberdeen and expanding out from the High Street with a number of modern buildings.HistoryKing's College was the first university in Aberdeen, the third in Scotland and the fifth in the British Isles. In 1495, William Elphinstone, the relatively newly appointed Bishop of Aberdeen, petitioned Pope Alexander VI on behalf of King James IV to create the facility to cure the ignorance he had witnessed within his parish and in the north generally. A papal bull was issued in February 1495 (1494 in the calendar of the day) founding the university; a royal charter later that year recognised Aberdeen's status as equal to that of Scotland's two existing universities at Glasgow and St Andrews. As a former professor at the University of Paris, Elphinstone modelled the university very much on the continental European tradition. Hector Boece, a fellow professor at Paris, was awarded the status of first principal of the new institution. See King's College Chapel and all Aberdeen has to offer by arranging your trip with our Aberdeen tour itinerary maker app .
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  • The area looks like a Harry Potter movie scenario. A architectural beauty full of history. A must to see if you are in Aberdeen.  more »
  • A chapel located in Old Aberdeen that is open to the general public when no services or weddings are taking place. A wonderful interior.  more »
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  • A beautiful chapel with picturesque archways and a clock tower, this iconic building at the heart of the university of Aberdeen is a go to backdrop for visitors and graduating uni students. Old notices from centuries past detailing fines in shillings for walking on the grass or bicycling through the school can be found inside, reminding you just how much things have changed (currencies too).
  • Beautiful Chapel with a fascinating history and excellent acoustics for musical performance. It is open to visitors most days except when being used for services etc. It is available for weddings and funerals and features both pipe organ and grand piano which may be used upon request for ceremonies and concerts. It is situated at the heart of the Old Aberdeen university campus where visitors can enjoy the cobbled streets and ancient and picturesque architecture.
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