This delightful, bizarre, unique little church is filled with beautiful artistry and an intriguing history. When was it built, you ask? It's Norman, Romanesque, Saxon, and even has a ring of standing stones at the gate. It has rabbits for drainpipes, a cloister, a sundial terrace, flying buttresses, and a larger-than-life effigy of Robert the Bruce. It was first dedicated for worship in 1930.
|Lovely St Conan's Church, a photo by walla2chick on Flickr.|
Campbell was an amazing architect, uninhibited by precedent and the confines of one single style. He spent years visualizing an ecclesiastical Scottish paradise--a place of extreme beauty and holiness that would awe and inspire visitors for generations.
Campbell and his sister Helen both worked tirelessly on the kirk, but it was not finished until both of them had died. It was finally used for worship in 1930, long after a Celtic cross was erected in memory of the Campbell's old mother. The completed church is far larger than any congregation that would meet in it, but it seems more like a monument than a house of worship. A flight of fancy, a feat of beauty, St. Conan's Kirk is certainly a sight to behold.
|Scotland - Highlands - St Conan's Kirk - Stained Glass Window, |
a photo by dees003 on Flickr.
The stained glass windows were painstakingly designed and painted by Helen Campbell herself.
Walter Campbell's original vision was to build, "To the Glory of God, a House Beautiful." Do you think that vision was realized?
|Peek-a-boo, a photo by walla2chick on Flickr.|
A couple of likely lads, a photo by walla2chick on Flickr.
Many thanks to for J_on_tour@jayzspaze for suggesting this post topic!