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Provost Skene's House description and photos - UK: Aberdeen. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Provost Skene's House.
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Provost Skene House is a historic house-museum in Old Aberdeen, one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Sir George Skene was one of the Provost Lords (City Mayor) of Aberdeen. Now famous not so much himself or the period of his management of the city, as his house, built in 1545 and bought by the provost in 1669. This is one of the few examples of residential medieval architecture preserved in Aberdeen and the oldest surviving residential building.
After the provost of Skine, the owner of the house was the Duke of Cumberland, and much later the house was occupied by a shelter for the homeless. In the 40s of the XX century, the house was going to be demolished, but the public protested against its destruction, and in 1951 restoration of the building began, and in 1953 a museum was opened in it.
The rooms have recreated the typical furnishings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The grand hall, the 17th century living room and bedroom are in stark contrast to the refined furnishings of the 18th century dining room - fine china, delicate crockery and a magnificent crystal chandelier. The 19th century living room is an excellent example of Regency furnishings. Regularly changing exhibitions present the history of the costume.
The stucco ceilings of the 17th century and the Painted Gallery, where the ceiling is covered with panels depicting religious subjects, attract much attention.
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