Inside Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland.

This evening, I am reporting on a rich and compact site in the east of Scotland, about 18 miles N.W. of Edinburgh. Historically, this was a combined important ecclesiastic site and Royal Palace with origins in the 11th century.

Dunfermline Abbey (left) and Church (right).

The Abbey was incepted as a Priory, inspired by Princess Margaret in the 11th century, adjacent to the Royal Palace. The Priory was upgraded to Abbey status in the 12th century by David I. Image above shows the current Abbey Church with two distinct architectural styles. The right half (east) was substantially rebuilt in the 19th century following structural collapse whilst the western section was preserved. As illustrated above, the interior of the western section features arcades of circular piers with spiral and chevron decoration. Note also impressive western doorway featuring in image no 3 below. The western section is a visitor attraction managed by Historic Scotland whilst the eastern section is a living Presbyterian Church. In the latter section can be found the burial-place of legendary Scottish King, Robert the Bruce (1274-1329).

Remains of interior decoration from the medieval period inside Abbey.

Burial Place of King Robert the Bruce inside Church.

Romanesque arch over West Door of Abbey

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