Planning for pilgrims: St Andrews as the Second Rome

Wednesday 29 February 2012  18.00

 

Planning for pilgrims: St Andrews as the Second Rome

 

Professor Ian Campbell ((Bibliotheca Hertziana Rudolf Wittkower Guest Professor/ Edinburgh College of Art)

 

Abstract: Similarities in the plans of the Vatican Borgo and the Scottish burgh of St Andrews, and a curious seventeenth-century assertion that St Andrews Cathedral was longer and wider than Old St Peter’s can be explained in the light of the ambitions of twelfth-century bishops to make the cathedral a pilgrimage centre rivalling Rome, since it housed relics of Andrew, who was not only the disciple first called by Christ but also St Peter’s older brother.