A family chapel dedicated in 1450 to St. Matthew, Rosslyn is remarkable for its highly decorative and unusual stone sculpture - external and internal - which has been the subject of widely varying interpretations over the centuries. Considered to be the first phase of a much larger collegiate church planned for the site, the building has remained wonderfully intact and remains within the ownership of the family descended from William St. Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney who commenced construction in 1446 relying on the skills of some of the best stonemasons in Europe.
Page \ Park are conservation architects and lead consultants working with building professionals, conservators, archaeologists and specialist contractors to ensure the long term integrity of the Chapel. Original stone roofs, which had become porous, had led to major absorption of water by the masonry and the interior of the Chapel being literally coloured green due to algae growth.
A large protective canopy over the building for a 12 year period allowed gradual drying out and facilitated the careful protection of roofs in lead with an associated programme of stained glass conservation, organ re-building and the installation of new lighting and heating within. The building is virtually 100% stone and in view of its age, quality and unique nature, the repair and conservation of the external masonry is continuing over a 4 year programme, the work being undertaken by conservators rather than stonework contractors.
View our Visitor Centre at Rosslyn Chapel here .