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Just to the south of Dunfermline’s High Street lies one of Scotland’s most unusual churches. The Abbey Church of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland is two very distinct churches, joined in the middle. The effect is unexpected but attractive. The Abbey Church, as the name suggests, was the church serving Dunfermline Abbey.

A church probably already existed on this site in 1070, when King Malcolm III married Queen Margaret. Margaret liked Dunfermline so much she set up a Benedictine foundation here. This was later transformed by her son King David I into what was intended to become the most important abbey in Scotland. Work was started in 1128 on the Abbey Church and the nave still survives as the western half of the building on view today.

During the building of the new Abbey Church in 1819 bones believed to be those of Robert the Bruce, because of their position and because of a cut breastbone (to allow the removal of his heart), were discovered. Robert was reinterred in the centre of the new Abbey Church, 560 years after his death.

His grave now lies under the magnificent pulpit covered by a large brass grave marker. And to celebrate his presence the words “KING ROBERT THE BRUCE” were formed with large stone lettering around the four sides of the crown of the tower. Subtle it isn’t, but striking it most certainly is.

Dunfermline Abbey Church is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 25961).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR using Details Enhancer in Photomatix Pro 4.1.4.

Related shots can be found at: Dunfermline.

Featured in : European Everyday Life : 13 July 09

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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Wow fantastic work and history about this photo…gina

  • Thank you so much Gina, we are not short on history here – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 5 years ago

    Another wonderful photo and history lesson… It certainly has old world charm. I imagine inside is just as beautiful..

  • It certainly is Carol, thank you for your great comment …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    Magnificant Church~ outstanding capture!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Delany Dean
    Delany Deanover 5 years ago

    Oh, I love it, love it! Beautiful photograph, fascinating history. The bones of Robert the Bruce! And his heart cut out! Amazing! I must go to Scotland one day…

  • Thank you Delany, you must come, you will love it …

    The Abbey church actually has far more history than that. Have a read at the text with this image

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 5 years ago

    Great capture Tom.

  • Thank you Dave …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Picture postcard Tom, cracking shot too. Mind you if you put all that info on the card there wont be any room to write a message to the folks back home, LOL!!

  • Cheers Robin, appreciated mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • chijude
    chijudeover 5 years ago

    An excellent shot. …. and appreciate the info too. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much Judy, I’m pleased you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    What a beautiful church, excellently captured!

  • Thank you dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    A beautiful shot and great history .

  • Thank you so much Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 5 years ago

    what a beautiful church Tom and great editing and narrative.x

  • Thank you Catherine, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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