St. Machar’s Cathedral is a church in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Named for the Celtic Saint, Old Machar is supposedly built on the site of an ancient place of worship that was established around 580 BCE. Whatever building was on the site by the 1130s was designated a Cathedral proper—it became the seat of the area Bishop—and St. Machar’s saw further, extensive growth between the 13th century and the 16th century.
With reformation in 1560 came a loss of official cathedral status, then it went back-and-forth a couple of times after. Now, ‘Cathedral’ is just part of the building’s name. Yes, it’s confusing as hell. No, I can’t quite figure it out, either. The Church of Scotland doesn’t make use of bishops or that whole system, so—here we are!
Anyway, on to the postcard. You won’t find any of the remains of Sir William Wallace here, but you will find a very detailed silhouette.
I do not know when this piece was produced. Its striking silver and gold background makes the silhouette of the Cathedral and trees stand out, and nothing more is needed to complete the image. It’s a lovely way to showcase a specific location.
In fact… why not reproduce this sort of image with a local landmark?