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St Paul's Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul
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Location Dundee
Country Scotland
Denomination Scottish Episcopal Church
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication Saint Paul
Consecrated 1 November 1865
Architect(s) George Gilbert Scott
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 21 July 1853
Completed 1855
Number of spires 1
Bells 8
Diocese Brechin

St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in the city of Dundee, Scotland. It is the cathedral and administrative centre of the Diocese of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church.


It is built on the site of the medieval seat of power in the area, the castle which formerly stood on the site had been besieged by the armies of William Wallace, Andrew de Moray and later by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence. The stronghold was destroyed during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. A small portion of the castle still remains within the Cathedral grounds.


In 1847, Alexander Penrose Forbes was elected new Bishop of Brechin and chose to make Dundee his permanent residence.

At the time of Bishop Forbes' arrival, St Paul's Chapel met in rooms in nearby Castle Street, which Forbes considered to be dreary and "unworthy of the worship of the Almighty". Thus, he "urged his people to take on the holy work of building, to the glory of God, a stately church", a place which would offer refuge to the many poor that lived in the surrounding tenements.

The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on 21 July 1853 and it was completed in 1855. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and is in the style of the Middle or Decorated period of Gothic architecture.

The total cost of the building exceeded £14,000, and ten years passed before the congregation could pay off all the debts incurred. The church was dedicated on All Saints Day, 1 November 1865.

St Paul's was raised to Cathedral status in 1905 and is now a category A listed building.

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