Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, Edinburgh

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    Even Leonardo would have been proud of this

    by EasyMalc Written Apr 8, 2015

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    I’ll be the first to admit that until I’d read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code I’d never heard of Rosslyn Chapel, and although the book had its critics, it obviously captured the imagination of plenty of other people too.
    When the book was written in 2003 the chapel was receiving around 45,000 visitors a year, but in 2004 the numbers were nearer to 70,000, and by the time the film had come out the annual figure had shot up to 159,000.
    All this extra interest had substantial financial benefits, but it also had some drawbacks as well, one of which was the banning of photography inside the chapel on health and safety grounds.
    It would be a lengthy process to describe the book and the history of Rosslyn here, but the connection is with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, and as fascinating as all this is, it’s the chapel itself that is the real focus of interest.
    This wonderful 15th century piece of architecture is embellished with some unbelievable stonework. There are many examples of superb craftsmanship, and one is worthy of a particular mention - The Apprentice Pillar. There’s a story attached to this work of art, in which the Master Craftsman was asked to produce a pillar to a specified drawing by Sir William St. Clair. Whilst the craftsman was away checking it all out, his apprentice duly got on with the job and produced this magnificent piece of ornate stonework.
    Was the Master Craftsman pleased with his apprentice’s efforts when he got back? In a word. No. In fact he was so annoyed at being upstaged that apparently he dealt him a fatal blow to the head for his efforts.
    With no photographs to be able to show you what the interior is like, it would be easy for me to ramble on about this and that, but really it requires a personal visit to absorb the beauty and history of this remarkable building.

    Grave of the 4th Earl of Rosslyn
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    Rosslyn Chapel

    by iaint Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    Immortalised by the Da Vinci Code. Dates back to 1400 something.

    Well, I moved to Edinburgh in 1956, have been "in and around" ever since, and it took me until 2010 to get to the chapel. Nearest I'd been before then was a girlfriend who lived in the nearby caravan (trailer) park. (She was at an expensive private school, so don't go getting the wrong idea).

    Not much to it - a tiny wee place. But then the small ones are often the best. A fascinating history.

    Lots of renovations going on, so expect scaffolding etc.

    £7.50 to get in.

    Don't miss the ruined castle downhill a bit - spectacular setting above the glen.

    Their website is very good.

    UPDATE!

    Re-visited in April 14. The conservation work is now complete and the chapel looks wonderful. Downside is that admission is now up to £9 per adult.

    castle ruins another view
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    A Jewel - Una Joya

    by elpariente Updated Nov 13, 2013

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    Newly restored and now without scaffolding is a real joy for the senses , even if many people visit it but you may see the chapel where everything inside is covered with sculptures
    On its own merits and with the help of Dan Brown , that locates here in The Da Vinci Code the Holy Grail, it is always crowded, so try to go there to a time when you foresee that are not large groups, lunchtime, early or late in the day...
    The sculptures represent Templar and Masonic symbols , with many interpretations and meanings. The more you prepare the visit and read before going , the more the chapel will interest you , these will let you see and discover things and details that on your own you would not get to see them. You can begin to see the website of the chapel that is very good
    I will not describe the chapel , but if you must see his angels , one with the heart or other who plays the bagpipes , the Column of the Apprentice, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Virtues , the Green Man ...
    You may reach Rosslyn from the centre of Edinburgh by normal bus in about one hour ( You will pass in front of the laboratory where Dolly, the seep , was created )
    The chapel is small , with many people ... but it is a "Jewel "

    Recién restaurada y ya sin andamios es un auténtico gozo para los sentidos, aunque haya mucha gente, visitar y ver esta capilla donde todo su interior está cubierto de esculturas
    Por sus propios méritos y con la ayuda de Dan Brown que sitúa aquí, en el Código Da Vinci al Santo Grial, siempre hay mucha gente, así que procura ir a una hora en que preveas que, no estén los grandes grupos, hora de comer, primera o última hora...
    Las esculturas representan símbolos Templarios y Masónicos, con muchas interpretaciones y significados. Cuanto más prepares y leas antes de visitar la capilla más te interesará, te gustará y te permitirá ver y descubrir cosas y detalles que por tu cuenta no llegarías a verlos . Puedes empezar a ver la web de la capilla que es muy buena
    No voy a describir la capilla , pero si que tienes que ver sus ángeles, el del corazón o el que toca la gaita, la columna del Aprendiz, los Siete Pecados Capitales y las Siete Virtudes, el Hombre Verde...
    Se puede llegar a Rosslyn desde el centro en autobús que tarda una hora ( Pasarás delante del laboratorio donde crearon a la oveja Dolly )
    La capilla es pequeña, con mucha gente... pero es una "Joya"

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  • Rosslyn Chapel

    by CDNgirl Written Aug 23, 2011

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    I am thrilled to say I've been to Rosslyn Chapel twice this year, and loved it so much both times.
    It is an easy bus trip from Edinburgh(about 30-40min from Princes Street), and so worth it. What was especially cool is that we had two different staff explain different things about about the chapel, what stands out to them, the stories and legends they had heard or researched, very cool!
    They are in the middle of a huge restoration so there is lots of scaffolding on the outside, but the inside is still stunning. It was neat the second time we went there since I had read up in the tour book so I knew a few of the things to look for.
    It is such a neat church, and absolutely amazing how well it has stood the YEARS of abuse!

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    Roslin Chapel

    by clivedinburgh Written Mar 22, 2008

    I visited this place during a day out with my mother a few years ago but didn't realise that I'd not written it up. We stopped off at a nice bar in Roslin for a bar lunch which was very good before heading down the narrow lane to the Chapel.

    Entry is via a portacabin and when we visited the roof was totally scaffolded over. Not sure what the price was but I did see several people sneaking in via the back door of the gift shop although I could never condone such a thing.

    The intricate carvings are well worth the effort though with the Apprentice Pillar being more of a centrepiece than the pulpit. The Chapel is on the edge of a cliff which was a bit of a surprise for me and I suppose that the place is now full of Da Vinci Code tours and the like.

    Entrance to the Chapel View from the carpark Interior of the chapel
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    Rosslyn Chapel

    by leigh767 Written Jul 22, 2006

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    Achieving international fame by The Da Vinci Code and enjoying a constant stream of tourists since, the Rosslyn Chapel is a small chapel that packs a lot within its walls. Most notable is the intricate column carvings by the apprentice who was later struck dead by his master as the latter was furious that he had gone ahead with it before him-- never mind that the younger of the two did a much better job at it). The guided tour makes no mention of the sealed underground vault, but feel free to ask the friendly tour guides.

    The sudden influx of tourists has its pros and cons-- the positive side is that there is a lot of money for lengthy restoration. Unfortunately for us tourists, this also means that it is impossible to get a picture of the chapel without any scaffolding. Take some, leave some.

    Is it worth the bus ride all the way of out Edinburgh, you ask? 50/50. Come if you have time to spare.

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    Rosslyn Cathedral

    by frankcanfly Written Jul 9, 2006

    If you've read 'The DaVinci Code', you might be familiar with this place. You remember, toward the end of the book??

    Currently (July '06), they are reconstructing the roof, and the church is surrounded by scaffolding.

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    Medieval Knights the first Protestants

    by lillibets Written Mar 3, 2006

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    The knights templar being chucked out of the roman catholic church found refuge in the kingdom of robert the Bruce [Braveheart in history] who had been excummunicated by the pope, in fact the entire country of scotland had been excummunicated ,and this has never been rescinded.
    Well Edinburgh and Glasgow abound with knights and place names associated with the popes former army of Christian soldiers and a truly fascinating place to visit just outside Edinburgh is Rosslyn Chapel with a huge link to the Templars ,even considered to be their centre.
    Wellworth the bus journey to discover this historical catalogue of myth and legend.

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    ROSSLYN CHAPEL

    by BerniShand Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Originally intended as a collegiate church construction work was stopped shortly after the death of its founder Sir William St Clair in the late 15th century leaving this little gem of a chapel untouched until a vestry was added almost 400 years later

    there has recently been a great increase in the number of tourists here since its mention in the best selling book `the Da Vinci Code` by Dan Brown

    It always was a chapel ripe to take part in a mystery story, the interior is full of symbolic carvings, and legends abound linking it to The Knights Templar, Freemasonry, the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail
    below the chapel is an unopened vault, and there is much speculation about its contents [if any]

    there are regular guided tours which are very interesting, there is also a gift shop and small cafe. the chapel is currently undergoing restoration, and is covered over, while this does nothing to enhance its appearance it does give opportunity to climb to the walkway around the roof and see the exterior carvings close up, also superb views over Roslin Glen, now a nature reserve

    the chapel is open daily 9.30am to 6.00pm,
    Sundays 12.00pm to 4.45pm
    Entry Prices:
    Adults £6
    Concessions £5.
    Children are free

    undergoing restoration
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