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This portion of our guide focuses on faith, religion, and spirituality in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Websites representing ministries and places of worship in Aberdeen are appropriate for this category, regardless of the particular religion, denomination, or sect. Additionally, websites centered on faith or religion in Aberdeen, historical or contemporary, may be found here.

Although Aberdeen has several historic and modern churches, it is the least religious city in Scotland, with more than forty percent of its population claiming no religion.

For those who are, the largest denomination in the city is the Church of Scotland through the Presbytery of Aberdeen, followed by the Roman Catholic Church. The influence of Catholicism throughout Scotland is growing, however.

The city is also home to Christian churches from several other denominations, as well as an Islamic mosque, a Buddhist temple, a Unitarian church, and a small Jewish congregation. A Baháʼí Faith society is active at the University of Aberdeen.

Due to a declining interest in religion, several of the city's historic churches have been converted to other uses, such as restaurants and bars. Others continue to host active congregations, however.

The Kirk of Saint Nicholas has a history that goes back at least as far as 1151. Its congregation was dissolved in 2020, although the building is under the care of the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland.

Known locally as Old Machar, Saint Machar's Cathedral is affiliated with the Church of Scotland. Situated in Old Aberdeen, the church is technically a high kirk, as it hasn't been the seat of a bishop since 1690. The original church was built about 580, although it was replaced by a Norman cathedral in 1131. The church suffered greatly during the Reformation but is still used by the Church of Scotland as a parish church.

Generally known as Saint Mary's Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption is home to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Aberdeen, of the Diocese of Aberdeen, in the Province of St. Andrews & Edinburgh. Built before 1860, spires and bells were added in 1876 to elevate the church to the status of a cathedral.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, also known as Saint Andrew's Cathedral, is a Scottish Episcopal Church in Aberdeen. It is the See of the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. The church opened as St. Andrew's Chapel in 1817, and became a cathedral in 1914.

Built in 1803, Saint Peter's Church is a Roman Catholic parish church located next to Saint Andrew's Cathedral in Aberdeen's city centre. It replaced a small chapel that had been built in 1774.

These are a few of the more prominent churches in Aberdeen, although the city is home to several others.



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