St Johns Chapel, The Black Isle

The chapel of St John, on the Black Isle is an atmospheric ruin. Over shadowed by ancient trees, where it has sat of hundreds of years. One to get your imagination going.

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St Johns Chapel Black Isle MAAC Studio architects conservation

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The name and the cross on the gable indicate associations with the Knights Templar, the legendary order of monks from the 12th century.

First established to protect the temple of Jerusalem and pilgrims to the holy land from robbers, they were particularly renowned for the military prowess, modest living and honesty. The order grew until there were outposts in almost every province or territory across Europe. They were regarded as being particularly trust worthy and would hold cash and gold on deposit for the wealthy. This led to the development and provision of the first accounting and financial services in a time before banks existed.

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Interior of St Johns Chapel Black Isle MAAC Studio Conservation architect

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The chapel has been in a ruinous condition for over 250 years. The weather continues to take its toll.

MAAC Studio were delighted to be invited to provide conservation advise and expertise to consolidate the structure and ensure its survival for many more years.