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St Monans Kirk

If you have ever looked through a book with photographs of Scotland, it is almost guaranteed that you've seen a photo of this church. Why, I hear you ask, is this church so popular with photographers? The answer is due to the pure drama of the location. The kirk (church) sits perched on a craggy rock that drops sharply to the sea and provides breathtaking views over the Firth of Forth and the village of St Monans itself, which is a beautiful and picturesque example of a Scottish fishing village.

The present church was built in 1362 to replace an earlier chapel on this site. It was built on the instructions of David II for his gratitude in being rescued after his ship was wrecked in the Firth of Forth, and it is a wonderful example of medieval architecture. The inside is relatively plain, with whitewashed walls, but definitely worth a look, at least to see the memorial to the storm that took the lives of several of the village fisherman.

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