St Giles' Cathedral

City of Edinburgh | Old Town | Cathedral | ★★★

[St Giles' Cathedral]

St Giles' lies in a strategic position on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Parts of the building date back to 1124 when it was a smallish church, but only traces survive. Despite repeated burnings by English invaders during the Middle Ages, the church grew in importance through the following centuries and was finally given Cathedral status early in the 17th century (although it's technically no longer one). Today it's surely Scotland's most visited... err... church, due to its location at the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. The highlight has to be the Thistle Chapel; this intimate space belongs to the knights of the Order of the Thistle, appointed by The Queen, and is festooned with incredibly intricate ceiling stonework and wooden carvings. Any hint of a calm atmosphere can be somewhat lost when there are other tourists in all directions: visit early or late in the day to see this beautiful building at its best, or attend a service.

[Thistle Chapel (3/9/19)]

Location & info

📌 St Giles' Cathedral ★★★
High Street, 5-min walk south of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 257736 ///solve.void.ducks
Open daily | Free



[St Giles' Cathedral (20/10/19)]

[Thistle Chapel (3/9/19)]

[Church interior (2/4/16)]

[Church interior (2/4/16)]

[Church interior (22/1/12)]

[Church interior (22/1/12)]

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