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This is the east gable at St Andrews Cathedral

There had probably been a religious community located on this site since around 732AD, when relics of St Andrew were brought to what was then known as Kilrimont by Bishop Acca of Hexam. There is an alternative and probably more fanciful story, that Saint Rule brought five of St Andrew's bones here by boat in the years after 300AD, having sailed from from Patras in Greece and eventually surviving a shipwreck near the site of today's harbour.

Either way, the settlement that became St Andrews rose through the dark ages to an eminent position in the Scottish Church, a process that was accelerated when Viking raids led to the removal from Iona of St Columba's relics in 849AD, and with them much of Iona's power base.

Source: http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/standrews/cathedral/index.html

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