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King's College was built to house the University, which was founded by Bishop Elphinstone under a Papal Bull issued by Pope Alexander VI on 10 February 1495.
King's Tower is the figurehead of the University, and small wonder. The building is famous not only for its physical appeal, but for its symbolism: the pursuit of knowledge.
The crown is a very interesting piece of the College. It is an Imperial crown, not a Royal one, and the significance of this is often missed. The Imperial crown is a symbol of universal dominion, as opposed to a national one, and it is likely that this crown was incorporated into the architecture to support the Scottish crown's claim to imperial authority within Scotland.
For further information about King's, please visit This Noble College, an online history in words and pictures.
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