Friday, 12 September 2014

The Apprentice Pillar - Rosslyn Chapel


Roslin Glen, Scotland - The "Apprentice Pillar” gets its name from a legend dating from the 18th century involving the master mason in charge of the stonework in the Roslin chapel (°1446) and his young apprentice. According to the legend, the master mason did not believe that the apprentice could perform the complicated task of carving the column without seeing the original which formed the inspiration for the design.

The master mason travelled to see the original himself, but upon his return was enraged to find that the upstart apprentice had completed the column anyway. In a fit of jealous anger the mason took up his mallet and struck the apprentice on the head, killing him. The legend concludes that as punishment for his crime, the master mason's face was carved into the opposite corner to forever gaze upon his apprentice's pillar.

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