Tympanum with high relief showing Jesus bidding the disciples to go out and preach the gospel, with St Peter and St Paul either side (and beyond them, in canopied buttresses at a slightly higher level, St Andrew and St John the Baptist, not shown here). All by Thomas Earp, 1876 (listing text; Gifford has 1875). This is above the main west doors to Inverness Cathedral, completed in 1869 and dedicated to St Andrew. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

The tympanum carving seen more closely.

The architect used local stonemasons, D. and A. Davidson, for the carving around the north-west door, but turned to the well-known London architectural sculptor for the impressive main west entrance. Earp was also called on for the reredos in the interior.

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"Inverness, Ardross Street, Cathedral Church of St Andrew." British Listed Buildings. Web. 18 December 2017.

Gifford, John. Highland and Islands. The Buildings of Scotland. London: Penguin, 1992.

Created 18 December 2017