A photo tour of the town from my time studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews
I knew I wouldn’t have too much to write about this week, so instead of boring you with uninteresting stories, I figured it would be a good time to post a few pictures of St. Andrews. This is really just a glimpse, so hopefully I will be able to get a full album up in the near future. On another note, I actually spent a few hours at the library this week, and for the first time in three weeks, I went to both of my classes. Also got in 18 on the New Course – that’s five courses down, and two to go.
St. Andrews Photo Album
St. Andrews is a former royal burgh on the east coast of Fife in Scotland, named after Saint Andrew the Apostle. The town is home to the University of St. Andrews (of course), which is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Britain’s most prestigious. When school is in session, students make up approximately one third of the town’s population of 16,680.
The University of St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland, dates back to 1410. A charter for the university was issued by Bishop Henry Wardlaw between 1411 and 1412, which was followed by Avignon Pope Benedict XIII granting university status to award degrees to students in 1413.
The school initially started out as a society to educate men in the fields of canon law, the arts and divinity. The chapel and college of St John the Evangelist became the first building to have ties with the university in 1415. The two original colleges to be associated with the university were St Salvator in 1450 by Bishop James Kennedy and St Leonard in 1512 by archbishop Alexander Stewart and prior James Hepburn.
To the east of the town center are the ruins of the St Andrew’s Cathedral. It was at one time Scotland’s largest building, originated in the priory of Canons Regular founded by Bishop Robert Kennedy. St Rule’s Church, to the south-east of the medieval cathedral was said to be built around 1120 and 1150 AD, and was the predecessor of the cathedral. You can now get a great view of the entire town from the top of St. Rule’s tower, part of the church built to hold the relics of St Andrew.
After the death of Bishop Robert Kennedy, construction on a new cathedral began in 1160 by Bishop Arnold (his successor) on a site next to St Rule’s Church. Work on the cathedral was finally completed and consecrated in 1318 by Bishop William de Lamberton with Robert the Bruce (1306–29) present at the ceremony.
And now on to my favorite part.
St Andrews is known widely as the “home of golf”. According to the earliest surviving document from 1552, the “playing at golf” on the links adjacent to the “water of eden” was granted permission by Archbishop Hamilton. The most famous golf course in the town is the Old Course, which was purchased by the town council in 1894.
The course dates back to medieval times, and is unique among courses used for Open Championship as it hosts the tournament every four years. Famous winners at St Andrews have included Old Tom Morris (1861, 1862, 1867 and 1874), Bobby Jones (1927 and 1930 British Amateur), Jack Nicklaus (1970 and 1978) and Tiger Woods (2000 and 2005). According to Jack Nicklaus, “if a golfer is going to be remembered, he must win at St Andrews”.
There are seven golf courses total that make up the Links at St. Andrews – Old, New, Jubilee, Eden, Strathtyrum, Balgove and the Castle – around the western edge of the town, and the seventh golf course, the Castle Course, was added in 2007 at Kinkell Braes. If you’ll be studying abroad at St. Andy’s, learn why playing the Old Course as a student is easy and dirt cheap!
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