Introduction About Places for Prayer In this online exhibition, delve into the rich history of Scotland's places for prayer to learn about the role and impact of faith and ritual. Exhibition Prehistory: Places of Ancient Belief Explore a range of prehistoric sites and structures that were important to ancient communities in Scotland. Exhibition The arrival of Christianity in Scotland Understand the impact of Christianity in Scotland with the adoption or adaption of iconography and architecture. Exhibition Cathedrals and Abbeys: Medieval masterpieces Consider the presence of cathedrals and abbeys throughout Scotland and their central role in the life of the Christian community. Exhibition Status, Power and Patronage Learn why many wealthy individuals commissioned the building of sacred structures to guarantee salvation for themselves and their family. Exhibition Faith beyond the building Consider why sacred sites have long been held as important fixtures in communities throughout Scotland. Exhibition Preaching the Word Explore some places of prayer that, following the Reformation, adapted to demonstrate a shift of religious practice. Exhibition Faith in times of trouble Understand how these sacred sites became places of safety or welcome sanctuaries for those requiring comfort or peace. Exhibition Sacred spaces of the 20th century Discover contemporary places of prayer that showcase new architectural and design influences in Scotland. Exhibition Designing the Divine Find out how the decoration of sacred spaces has been used over the centuries to create a sense of the divine and to illustrate religious beliefs and ideas. Exhibition New Life and Changing Spaces Delve into the many ways in which sacred spaces have changed or adapted to new circumstances, needs or opportunities in Scotland.