Blackfriars Chapel
Blackfriars Chapel
Only a side apse survives of a Dominican friary church, built in the early 16th century. Blackfriars (so named for the black habits wor by the Dominican order) was a large monastery established by Bishop William Wishart (1272-1279).
The chapel was founded between 1516 and 1525 on the order of Archbishop Beaton, but its lifetime was short, as it was destroyed in June of 1559. The chapel remains are within the grounds of Madras College, and only the exterior can be viewed. Blackfriars is a rectangle building measuring 26 feet x 21 feet and extends on a roughly north/south axis. Unusually for Britain, it terminates in an apsidal shaped east end.