St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

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    St Giles' Cathedral

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 14, 2014

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    St Giles' Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is the main Church of Scotland. Its distinctive crown steeple is unique and famous.
    The Cathedral located on the way down the Royal Mile and was built for approximately 900 years ago.

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    by Drever Written Jan 26, 2014

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    A prominent feature of the Edinburgh skyline, St. Giles' Cathedral with its distinctive hollow-crown tower decorates the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. St. Giles himself was the patron saint of cripples and lepers, which gives a clue to the antiquity of the church. It has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for over 900 years. The oldest parts of the building are four massive central pillars, dating from 1120. Over the years chapels added while enlarging the church has left it irregular in plan. At one time there were fifty altars.

    Today it is the mother church of Presbyterianism and is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. It has uniquely reflected the life and religion of Scotland. On the signing in 1707 of the Treaty of Union to merge the Parliament of Scotland with the Parliament of England, the carilloner in St Giles rang the bells to the tune ‘Why should I be so sad on my wedding day?’

    It was at this church that John Knox, Scotland's equivalent to Martin Luther, preached his sermons on the Reformation in the time of Mary Queen of Scots whose Catholic faith was in opposition to Knox's beliefs. Over the doorway on the way out, there is an angel playing the bagpipes on the right side of the Statue of John Knox.

    Inside gilded and ornately carved memorials honour heroes of past conflicts. Notable monuments include those to James Graham, Marquess of Montrose (1612-50), his enemy Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll (1607-61) and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). The back steps of this ornate church has seen many a man swing from the gallows. The back parking lot is directly over an ancient, and packed burial ground. Plaques embedded in parking spots mark a couple of the more famous bodies that lie beneath the asphalt.

    The exquisite little Thistle Chapel is the chapel of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Scotland's leading Order of Chivalry. Its magnificent carvings and stonework evoke the origins of the Order and amaze with the wealth of details associated with Scotland. It carved and painted fittings have extraordinary detail. The Order founded by James VII in 1687, consists of the monarch and 16 knights. The knights are the personal appointment of the crown, and are normally Scots who have made a significant contribution to national or international affairs. The Chapel honours some of the greatest Scots of the last 300 years.

    The stained glass windows form a continuous story over seven windows. One of the last windows depicts St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, holding his cross. On either side of him are St. Columba and King David. Below are St. Giles and St. Cuthbert.

    The magnificent organ is one of the newest and finest in Europe. It forms part of a tradition of fine music in St Giles' that dates from the middle ages.

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    by elpariente Updated Nov 11, 2013

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    The cathedral, which should not be called cathedral, it is a Presbyterian Church dedicated to St Giles that is the patron saint of lepers.
    The present church is Gothic style and it was rebuilt on the fifteenth century based in the original church from the twelfth century, but has had other important changes and improvements later
    Here it was ordered John Knox and developed some very important moments of the Reformation of the Church of Scotland
    Inside we can see their windows, the statue of John Koch, an angel playing the bagpipes and the Thistle Chapel , that is worthwhile visit

    La catedral, que no se debería denominar catedral, pues es una Iglesia Presbiteriana, está dedicada a St Giles es el patrón de los leprosos .
    La iglesia actual es de estilo gótico y se reconstruyó el el siglo XV donde estuvo la iglesia original desde el siglo XII , aunque ha tenido otras importantes modificaciones y mejoras posteriormente
    Aquí se ordenó John Knox y se desarrollaron momentos muy importantes del desarrollo de la Reforma de la Iglesia de Escocia
    En el interior podemos ver sus vidrieras, la estatua de John Koch, un ángel tocando la gaita y la Capilla del Cardo que vale la pena visitarla

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    St.Giles Cathedral

    by mickeyboy07 Written Dec 12, 2012

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    St.Giles Cathedral properly termed the High Kirk Of Edinburgh,it is the principal place of worship for the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline,at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle down to Holyrood Palace.The present church dates from the late 14th century,and is a category A listed building.the Cathedral is dedicated to 'Saint Giles' who is Edinburgh's patron saint.the oldest parts of the building are four massive pillars said to date from 1124,in 1385 the building suffered a fire and was re-built in the subsequent years.Much of the current interior dates from this period.The chapel was built in 1911 to designs by 'Robert Lorimer'.The Cathedral contains a small restaurant and a visitors gift shop.
    Opening times:Mon till Fri:09.00-19.00,Sat:09.99-17.00,Sun:13.00-17.00.

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    by JessH Updated Apr 11, 2012

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    Edinburgh can often be gray and rainy, but there are numerous interesting things to do and see even on wet days: we visited the cathedral on such a day and were quite intrigued by its interiors and history.
    St Giles was built in the early 12th century, and was originally much smaller. Over the centuries more and more altars and chapels were added. As it stands today, its architecture is mostly Gothic and its crown-like spire is an imposing part of Edinburgh's skyline. It is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh and is often called the mother church of Presbyterianism. It was named after St Giles, a 7th century abbot who lived in France; probably due to the ancient ties between Scotland and France. His feast day is celebrated on September 1st.

    This is the church the British Royal family attends when in town. After the Reformation, John Knox became St. Giles' first minister and this is where he famously delivered the Presbyterian sermons that drove the Catholic May Queen of Scots into exile.
    It is a gorgeous church and its best part is the Thistle Chapel where deserving individuals are installed into the very distinguished Order of the Thistle by the Queen each year. This lovely little chapel dates from 1911 and was built for "the Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle". It's famous for the amazing detailed wood carvings.

    Another amazing feature of St. Giles are its huge stained glass windows (excuse the poor photo quality... it's difficult snapping windows from inside a dark church, with a gloomy gray cloudy day outside). It also contains hundreds of memorials to distinguished Scots, which I found most interesting (see my photo of some of these plaques on the church's interior wall).

    There is a daily service at noon, and 5 services each Sunday.

    Inside the cathedral you'll also find the St. Giles Cafe, a wonderful little place to enjoy a tea and a scone, other home baked goods or even a full lunch made with the best, locally sourced ingredients. The cafe is open 7 days a week and can be accessed from inside the Cathedral or directly from street level at the back of the building.

    Opening Hours:
    Summer (May-September):
    Monday-Friday 09.00am-07.00pm.
    Saturdays 09.00am-05.00pm.
    Sundays 01.00pm-05.00pm and for services.

    Winter (October-April):
    Monday-Saturday 09.00am-05.00pm.
    Sundays 01.00pm-05.00pm and for services.

    Entrance is free, but the cathedral charges 2 Pounds to take photos inside and donations are welcome. Volunteer guides are on duty each day to welcome visitors, answer questions and conduct guided tours on request.
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    St Giles' Cathedral

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    St Giles' Cathedral is the High Kirk of Edinburgh, and has been at the heart of the city's spiritual life for at least 900 years. A living church with an active congregation, it is also host to around a quarter of a million visitors every year, who come to experience its unique atmosphere of continuing worship and ages-old history.

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    St. Giles Cathedral

    by littlesam1 Written Apr 5, 2009

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    St. Giles Cathedral has a lot of history. Its dates back to the 15th century. It is here that John Knox brought the Protestant Reformation to Scotland. It is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh and is often called the mother church of world presbyterianism. We took some time to explore the inside of this beautiful church. We visited the historic Thistle Chapel and took some time to admire the art work through out the Cathedral.

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    A place to come and reflect

    by stevemt Updated Jul 23, 2007

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    St. Giles' Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is a Church of Scotland place of worship decorating the midpoint of the Royal Mile with its highly distinctive hollow-crown tower. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. Today it is sometimes regarded as the mother church of Presbyterianism.

    I found the cathedral to be somewhat austere, but that is a trait of Presbyterianism in general I have always found.

    It is however a beautiful buiilding and well worth the visit.

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    by himalia11 Written Jul 5, 2007

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    The gothic church St Giles is located in Parliament Square at the Royal Mile. The church has very nice glass windows, but what I found most interesting was that the altar is in the middle. That's rather unusual.
    The church is also well-known as the reformation of the Church of Scotland in the 16th century has been started from here, by John Knox. If you are interested in John Knox and the reformation you can visit the musuem in the John Knox House which is also located at the Royal Mile.

    The church is free, but donations are welcome.

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    Thistle Chapel

    by dila Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    I must say that i never have seen something like this before. it is very small but special to see.
    It is inside the St Giles Cathedral entrance is 1 pound.
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    Opening Times

    Summer (May-September)
    Monday - Friday 09.00-19.00
    Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 13.00-17.00 and for services

    Winter (October-April)
    Monday - Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 13.00-17.00 and for services

    closed 25, 26 dec and 1 , 2 january

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    by dila Written Oct 27, 2006

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    This Cathedral is worth a visite. The entrance is for free except you have to pay 1 pound to make pictures and another pound for the Thistle Chapel.
    The volunteers are very friendly and helpfull. did get more info than i could handle but it was very intresting.
    Opening Times

    Summer (May-September)
    Monday - Friday 09.00-19.00
    Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 13.00-17.00 and for services

    Winter (October-April)
    Monday - Saturday 09.00-17.00
    Sunday 13.00-17.00 and for services

    closed 25th-26th December and 1st-2nd January
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    High Kirk of St. Giles

    by Skibbe Written Sep 21, 2006

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    Famous church where that wild and crazy guy John Knox riled the public against Mary Queen of Scots. It is a gorgeous church and its best part is the Thistle Chapel where persons are installed into the very distinguished Order of the Thistle by the Queen each year. There is a famous carving there of an angel playing bagpipes but it did not turn out in my photo.

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    Church of Scotland

    by musbars Written Sep 4, 2006

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    Discover 1,000 years of history in the heart of Edinburgh. Founded in the 1120s, St Giles' was the church of John Knox during the Reformation and is often referred to as the 'Cradle of Presbyterianism'. Highlights of a visit include our beautiful stained glass windows. The impressive Rieger organ was installed in 1992 and the famous Thistle Chapel, home of the Knights of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's great order of chivalry designed by Robert Lorimer for the Order of the Thistle, was added in 1911

    St Giles' is situated on the historic Royal Mile, halfway between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Volunteer guides are available to welcome visitors, answer questions and conduct guided tours on request. Groups are asked to book in advance and a donation of £1.00 per person is requested.

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    The Thistle chapel

    by clairegeordio Written Aug 13, 2006

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    This lovely little chapel, inside St Giles' cathedral dates from 1911 and was built for the Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. There are so many carvings to wonder at in this small chapel. The gothic type stalls have canopies topped with the arms and helms of the 16 knights. The top edges of the book rests are decorated with carvings of plants and animals.

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    by clairegeordio Written Aug 13, 2006

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    St Giles cathedral, or the High Kirk of Edinburgh, was consecrated in 1243, however, the four central pillars date back to as early as 1120. After the Reformation, John Knox became St. Giles' first minister.
    Most of the interior of the cathedral seen today dates from a restoration done in 1883.
    It is the Church of Scotland parish church for part of Edinburgh's Old Town. Four services are held every Sunday, as well as daily services and special services for state and civic occasions.
    For me, the most beautiful part of the cathedral was the Thistle chapel inside which had exquisite carvings inside - please see my tip for further details.

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