St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

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St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh Reviews

pfsmalo pfsmalo
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St Giles cathedral, High street, Edinburgh. Oct 23, 2017
One of the principle sights on Edinburgh's skyline, the cathedral of St Giles is one of the not to be missed of the city. Sitting almost astride the Royal Mile between the castle and Holyrood House, there has been a church here for around 900 years, although the present one is from the latish 14th c but out of necessity has been vastly renovated over the years. Whilst the name says "cathedral" it is not one, only during a short space of time in the 1600's. St Giles is of course the patron saint of Edinburgh, and also of cripples and lepers. I don't know enough about the different phases of religion in Scotland so I'll leave that more learned people. Suffice to say that the sheer size of it is impressive with the steeple sitting virtually in the centre of the church, along with some stupendous stained glass windows.

Although it is free to go in you need to buy a permit for photography. While I don't necessarily disagree with this, there should also be people stopping the constant flashes from people with only 'phone cameras and make them pay too. Just because I have a DSLR around my neck doesn't make me any different from the rest. Cost is £2.

When we returned on the next day to pick up a brochure there was a Harp Quartet playing and singing, and I must say the acoustics were perfect.
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Statue of Sir Walter Scott
The lovely tympanum overlooking Sc…
Inside the church.
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Edinburgh's High Kirk Jan 22, 2017
St Giles Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, seems to get lost a little amongst the Royal Mile's clutter of buildings. It is not big by cathedral standards but still definitely worth visiting. The stained glass windows date from 1870, when William Chambers, Lord Provost of Edinburgh financed a restoration of the cathedral's tired-looking interior. Restorations continue to this day and lots of work is in progress to make the cathedral more visitor-friendly. Inside the cathedral, you need to buy a photography permit if you want to take photos for personal use. They charge £2 for this, something I personally do not agree with.

Admission is free, although a donation is encouraged. As St Giles is a working church, your trip may be disrupted by a service so be aware that you may have to work around this.

Address: High St (Royal Mile)

St Giles Cathedral
NickelP says:
It definitely did. Was a great way to end my trip.
Posted on: Jan 22, 2017
slothtraveller says:
Sounds like the show they put on outside made up for the disappointment of not going inside. :)
Posted on: Jan 22, 2017
NickelP says:
There were weddings happening here both days I was in Edinburgh so never got to see the inside but all the pomp and ceremony and bagpipes outside was fun to watch.
Posted on: Jan 22, 2017
Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
nice church Sep 17, 2013
The location in the Edinburgh central The building is situated in the Royal Mile, which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House.

It can be free but £3 donation is suggested for enter the chapel and it costs £2 for permission to take photographs.

St Giles' Cathedral, more properly termed the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline.

Building is done in much earlier Gothic style.

There are cage in the cathedral building.

i like statue , king tomb & the paint in the window.
me near the cathedrak
king tomb
statues & rock writing
paint in the cathedral window
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Bojasem says:
me to brain
Posted on: Sep 18, 2013
spocklogic says:
That £2 charge for taking photos annoyed me when I visited the Cathedral.
Posted on: Sep 17, 2013
davidx davidx
564 reviews
Notably Scottish Dec 05, 2010
It can be free but £3 donation is suggested and it costs £2 for permission to take photographs. The basis of the present building is 14th century but much goes no further back than the 19th and the Thistle Chapel was not completed until 1911. The beautiful stained glass windows are also mainly 1880s on.

The building is situated in the Royal Mile, which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. it looks like no other cathedral I know, although most of the later building is done in much earlier Gothic style.

The building is impressive enough but I would not rate it alongside some of our English cathedrals, were it not for two features. Just as the value of a montain is not measured solely in inches, the value of a building is not measured in minutes - or even centuries. The two features are the stained glass and the Thistle Chapel that I have mentioned as not being ancient. They are stunning!

The order of the Thistle is the equivalent in Scotland to the Order of the Garter in English. it was founded with its chapel in Holyrood by James VII (Scotland) who was also James II of England. he tried to restore the Roman Catholic religion in both countries and an irate mob sacked the Chapel among othe things. The Order was then wihtout one until the chapel in St Giles was completed.
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