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Marischal College, Aberdeen, in the Winter sun
The merger of Marischal College (1593, by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal of Scotland) and King’s College (founded 1495) in 1860 created the University of Aberdeen. The building, as it is today was constructed in 1837-1847 by Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson. It was extended in 1893-1905 by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and became the second largest granite building in the world, after the Escorial in Spain.
In recent years, it was only partly used by the University; it is leased out to Aberdeen City Council. Newer plans of refurbishment will (unfortunately) only leave the facade intact, behind of which a completely new building will be erected.

Featured in “Heritage in Stone” 08/03/2010

Featured in “Unique Buildings of the World” 14/07/2010


  • mamba
    mambaalmost 5 years ago

    Another great warm capture christopher363.I like the angle. It’s sad to hear about the refurbishment. I used to go to the Aberdeen Academy which is not far from this college and is now a shopping mall.

  • I once went into the museum inside, it was very nice. I wonder how it will be like after the refurbishment. I am glad you like these warm captures, too.

    – christopher363

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Very interesting angle. It gives this photo more of a gothic feel.

  • I am very happy that you like it and added it to your favourites

    – christopher363

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksover 4 years ago


  • Dear Linda, I wish to express my greatest thanks for featuring this work, I am very happy

    – christopher363

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