University Of Aberdeen King’s College
King’s College was built to house the University, which was founded by Bishop Elphinstone under a Papal Bull issued by Pope Alexander VI on 10 February 1495. King’s Tower is the figurehead of the University. The building is famous not only for its physical appeal, but for its symbolism: the pursuit of knowledge.
The crown of the College, an Imperial crown, is a symbol of universal dominion, as opposed to a national one, and it is likely that this crown was incorporated into the architecture to support the Scottish crown’s claim to imperial authority within Scotland.
King’s College is now part of the Old Aberdeen campus and its rear is still used as a sports pavilion, while it remains the symbolic centre of the ever-growing University campus. It still has an important educational purpose with Divinity/Theology, History of Art and Religious Studies all taught here.
King’s College Chapel
The Crown Tower remains one of the most historic and beautiful emblems and icons of our University. However, the Chapel sanctuary which sits beneath the Tower is also a space of beauty.
King’s College Chapel contains five rare decorations made of canvas and wooden scaffolding dating back to the 16th and 17th century.
Services are held every Wednesday during the academic term and there are also daily and important annual services such as Remembrance and Founders Day held in the Chapel throughout the year.
The Chapel is open to visitors Monday-Friday 10am-3:30pm.
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