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Abbey and the Palace of Scoon Scoon

The Abbey of Scoon is located near Perth in Scotland. It was founded by monks of the Augustinian in the early XII century, according to different sources, between 1114 and 1122 years.

In the reign of king Malcolm IV the importance of the Abbey increased. It acquires the status of a Royal. Here is the coronation stone of Scottish kings (the stone of Scone), it becomes one of the main Royal residences. Here also are kept the relics of St. Fergus and Abbey many pilgrims. The few extant images and archaeological data suggest that the Abbey was built in the Romanesque style, with Central tower, surmounted by a high spire.

However, over time, the Abbey lost its importance, especially after the English king Edward I took the Stone of Destiny to England in Westminster Abbey. After the Scottish reformation the Abbey in Scotland generally abolished. Skuncke Abbey was destroyed in 1559, and his lands then passed to private ownership. On the ruins of the Abbey in the sixteenth century was built a Palace which in 1808 was almost completely rebuilt and is now a magnificent example of architecture of the Georgian style.

Now, the Palace and Palace Park are open to the public. In the gala halls of the Palace, exhibited a fine collection of furniture, ceramics, ivory carving, Dresden and Sevres porcelain. On the hill in the Park have a copy of the stone of Scone.

There are many legends about the origin of the stone of Scone. In some it is described as the "pillow of Jacob" - asleep on the stone, Jacob dreamed of a stairway to heaven. There is a tradition that this stone was brought to Ireland Egyptian Princess Cattle. Most reliable is believed that Fergus, first king of Scotland, brought the stone and maybe the throne, from Ireland to Scotland. On this stone have been crowned all the rulers of Scotland, until in 1296 the English king Edward I took the stone to London and not put in the base of the wooden throne. The throne was in Westminster Abbey, and since then it has been crowned all the kings of England and the UK. However, there is a legend that the monks drowned the real Stone of Destiny in the river Tay, and Edward brought to England a copy. And although the conditions of the Treaty of Northampton of 1328, the Stone of Destiny was supposed to be returned to Scotland, he returned there only many centuries later. In the St. Andrew's day, 30 November 1996, the stone was solemnly brought to Scotland and placed in Edinburgh castle along with the crown jewels of Scotland. The Queen's representative at this celebration was her son Prince Andrew.