St Andrews historic landmarks in all their glory

3D reconstruction of St Andrews Castle as part of Medieval St Andrews app project.
3D reconstruction of St Andrews Castle as part of Medieval St Andrews app project.

Ever wondered what St Andrews Castle would have looked like in its heyday?

Or imagined the cathedral in all its majestic glory?

They are among the locations covered in a Medieval St Andrews app and amazing 3D virtual reconstructions give you a fascinating insight to how they would have looked centuries ago.

And even if you don’t have the app, you can now see the reconstructions online.

Designed by academics working across the University of St Andrews, the app is the result of a multidisciplinary effort involving computer scientists, classicists and historians, all with a collective interest in the medieval history of St Andrews.

Amongst the 22 key sites are St Andrews Cathedral, St Rule’s Church, Greyfriars and the University’s own St Mary’s College. Brand new, never before seen digital reconstructions of key medieval buildings, including the town’s Tolbooth (removed in the nineteenth century to make way for traffic), the West Port, St Andrews Castle and St Salvator’s Chapel are also embedded into the app.

The virtual reconstruction of St Andrews Castle shows how it is thought to have looked around 1520 at the time of James Beaton. The main entrance was moved to its current location and two round block houses were built either side to strengthen the castles defences.

Meanwhile, St Andrews Cathedral is shown as it is believed it would have looked in 1318, the year of its consecration by Robert the Bruce.

The project team consists of Dr Katie Stevenson, fellow historian Professor Michael Brown, Classicist Dr Rebecca Sweetman, computer scientist Dr Alan Miller and postgraduate students and Research Fellows from across the university.

The app was supported by the National Library of Scotland, which donated use of the 1580 Geddy map; Historic Scotland, which donated new and previously unknown material on the St Andrews sites; St Andrews Museum, and Fife Council’s Archaeology Department, which provided local data for the sites.