Aberdeen's Historical Churches Tour (Self Guided), Aberdeen

Aberdeen has architecturally-intriguing beautiful churches and cathedrals that make this city enjoyable for tourists. Some of them are located in the old part of the city, dating back to its beginnings. If Aberdeen's history and architecture interest you, this tour is the perfect way to explore them through the city's churches and cathedrals.
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Aberdeen's Historical Churches Tour Map

Guide Name: Aberdeen's Historical Churches Tour
Guide Location: Scotland » Aberdeen (See other walking tours in Aberdeen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Rubislaw Church
  • Queen's Cross Church
  • Bon Accord Free Church
  • Saint Mark's Church
  • Gilcomston South Church
  • Kirk of St Nicholas
  • St Margaret Of Scotland's Church
  • Gerrard Street Baptist Church
Rubislaw Church

1) Rubislaw Church

Rubislaw Church was constructed as part of a national Church of Scotland expansion campaign following the Disruption of 1843. It was constructed in 1874. Unusually for Aberdeen, the church is built out of sandstone opposed to granite as the majority of the buildings in Aberdeen are.

George Washington Wilson offered to pay for the building to be constructed in granite but was too late as the contract had already been signed. It was constructed to serve three new parishes. In 1880, the church was expanded with a tower and spire added. It is speculated that the spire was built just to compete with the Free Church of Scotland's Queen's Cross Church across the street.

In 1985, the church was granted grade B heritage status by Historic Scotland.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Queen's Cross Church

2) Queen's Cross Church

Queen's Cross Church is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. It is located at the intersection of Carden Place and Albyn Place, at Queen's Cross in the heart of Aberdeen's west end business community. It is a short walk from the main shopping areas of the city and several main hotels. The church was at the centre of an online protest from fellow Church of Scotland clergy when they appointed an openly gay minister. The Rev. Scott Rennie has now taken up his post at Queen's Cross Church. He is considered an excellent preacher by members of the congregation at Queen's Cross Church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bon Accord Free Church

3) Bon Accord Free Church

Bon Accord Free Church was built by all categories of people: students, parents, rich and poor, teenagers, and families. It is a free church where everyone can come and participate at the services on Sunday or other days. It has its own minister, the Rev. David MacPherson, and he can help anyone who enters the church. The congregation has been in the Bon Accord building ever since it was bought in 1977. It seats around 700 people and as with all Free Churches there are two services on a Sunday, each service generally consists of 4 psalms, a Bible reading and a sermon as well as prayer.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint Mark's Church

4) Saint Mark's Church

St Mark's Church architecture represents one of the major groups of architectural and historic buildings. The architect of the church was Marshall Mackenzie. It is built in three levels with a two-manual pipe organ, a gallery at the first floor and a lift that directly accesses the sanctuary. The front elevation is constructed on a rock base and the walls are dressed with granite.
Gilcomston South Church

5) Gilcomston South Church

Gilcomston South Church is a congregation in the Church of Scotland. The church almost closed during World War II, but a subsequent new approach proved controversial yet ultimately highly influential. The Rev William Still, minister of the congregation from 1945 to 1997, gained international recognition. The systematic preaching of the entire Bible, verse-by-verse and chapter-by-chapter, was then an innovation in the Church of Scotland; some others have subsequently copied this approach. This Aberdeen church is well-attended, especially by students responding to this distinctive type of Christian ministry and witness.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kirk of St Nicholas

6) Kirk of St Nicholas

The Kirk of St Nicholas is a historic church located in the city centre. It is now officially known as the "Kirk of St Nicholas (uniting)" as it has membership in both the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church. It is also known as "The Mither Kirk" (mother church) of the city. The earliest mention of a church on the site of the present Kirk can be found in a Papal document of 1157. Given Aberdeen's proximity to the sea, St Nicholas was chosen as the patron saint of Aberdeen, as a miracle attributed to him was the rescue of some sailors in a storm. The Kirk was enlarged in the fifteenth century. St Nicholas and St Mary's, Dundee, were probably the largest parish churches in medieval Scotland. This work was dedicated by Bishop Elphinstone in 1498. The 500th anniversary of the dedication of the enlarged church was marked with the installation of a special stained glass window at the main entrance to the Kirk, overlooking Drum’s Aisle.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St Margaret Of Scotland's Church

7) St Margaret Of Scotland's Church

St Margaret Of Scotland Episcopal Church is also known as St Margaret’s Gallowgate, because it is located in the historically-poorer area of the city. The church was founded in 1867 as a mission church by Father John Comper, a follower of the Oxford Movement. Comper was at that time rector of St John’s Aberdeen’s oldest Anglican congregation. The original church was a room rented by Comper on the Gallowgate. In 1870 Comper became the full-time priest to the newly formed church of St Margaret's. In 1879, a separate school was built followed by the St Nicholas chapel and rectory in 1898 and 1906 respectively, designed by Comper's son, J. Ninian Comper.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gerrard Street Baptist Church

8) Gerrard Street Baptist Church

Gerrard Street Baptist Church is affiliated with the Baptist Union of Scotland. The building of the present church opened in 1900 but the church existed prior in another building. The current building is formed from a church hall and a listed building. There are 6 elders that serve the church. The church has a ministry for students that is split up into a number of small groups which meet every week for prayer and Bible study. The Sunday evening services at Gerrard Street are very much based around teaching from Bible which is applicable to the lives of students. Services are held on Sundays at 10:30am and 6:30pm; communion is shared on the first Sunday of every month at the 10:30am service and on the third Sunday of each month at the 6:30pm service.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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