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Browsing Posts in Churches

Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney, a group of islands which are situated to the North of the Scottish mainland. Reflecting Orkney’s Scandinavian heritage, the name Kirkwall is probably derived from the Old Norse Kirkju Vagr meaning ‘Church Bay’. Orkney was ceded to Scotland from Norway as part of a royal marriage settlement on 20 February 1472, Islanders are very conscious of their Scandinavian heritage, which is reflected in local place names and dialect.

The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul is a stunning building which is part of the former Greenwich Hospital, later the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London. This Anglican place of worship benefits from a Baroque exterior and Greek revival interior. The building was completed in 1742.

St George’s Tron Church is located in central Glasgow. From an architectural perspective the church was completed in 1809 to the design of William Stark. However, the site as a place of worship dates back to 1687. The 180 ft tower is topped by a cupola  and obelisks with Baroque influences evident at the upper tiers. Inside the church is a cafe which is open to all.