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Panorama taken inside St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh. This picture was taken from the church aisle near to the pulpit and central altar. It shows part of the plain brick interior, vaulted roof and stained windows.


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St Giles' Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh and is also known as High Kirk of Edinburgh. The church has become a major tourist attraction in the city, only 5 minutes from Edinburgh Castle and well known for the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. Entrance to the main church is free, though a donation is suggested. The church charges a small fee for permission to take pictures inside, and another small fee applies to those wanting to see the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle.

St Giles' Cathedral has been a focal point in Edinburgh for over 900 years with it's unusual hollow-crown shaped tower. The oldest part of the church are the four central pillars which are reported to date back to the 12th century. Much of the interior dates from a rebuilding period after 1385 when the church suffered a devastating fire. St Giles became a collegiate church in 1466 and around 1490 the lantern tower was added and the ceiling raised and vaulted.

St Giles' has some of the best stained glass windows in Scotland, but not the oldest. None of the medieval windows survived and the current windows date from the 9th and 20th centuries . The best known windows are the Victorian Windows, Burne-Jones Window, North Window, and the Burns Window. Near the west end stands a statue of John Knox cast in 1904. In the Moray Aisle is a low-relief memorial, also made in 1904, to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who died in Samoa in 1894.


St Giles' Cathedral,
Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
Church Website


Bus: various to North Bridge and South Bridge
Walk: St Giles' Cathedral stands on the Royal Mile, about half way between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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