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Magdalene Chapel 41 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR Scotland
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The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
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Malgorzata wrote a review Sep 2020
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I spotted this chapel as I walked down Cowgate towards the Grassmarket. I am really glad that I noticed it and it was open to visitors. The Magdalen Chapel is a 16th century chapel located almost beneath the George IV bridge in the Cowgate in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The chapel was built between 1541 and 1544. It was bequeathed by Michael MacQueen and also his wife Janet Rynd who is buried within. A semi-circular wooden platform was installed at the east end around 1615 and the layout of the Chapel was altered. The tower and spire were added about 1620. The stained glass in the middle window of the south wall features the Royal Arms of Scotland and the Arms of Mary of Guise. It is the only intact pre-Reformation stained glass window in Scotland. The Victorian façade obscures the ancient stonework. An inscription over the door reads 'He that hath pity upon the poore lendeth unto the Lord and the Lord will recompence him that which he hath given''. Architects Simpson and Brown undertook a major restoration programme in 1992/93. It is now the headquarters of the Scottish Reformation Society. A small but really interesting chapel worth seeing.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jan H wrote a review Dec 2019
Dallas, Texas215 contributions64 helpful votes
Magdalen Chapel is a small chapel with a rich history, from the Incorporation of Hammermen to the home of the Scottish Reformation Society. Contains the only pre-Reformation stained glass windows still intact in Scotland. Free admission, but donations welcome. Not always open, but take advantage when open. Located on the Cowgate just east of the roundabout at the Grassmarket and Candlemaker Row. Definitely worth a visit. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Karen W wrote a review Oct 2018
Dunfermline, United Kingdom120 contributions17 helpful votes
Visited with a group of friends as part of Doors Open Day. What a small but beautiful chapel. A guide gave a very informative talk. Definitely a must see. The stained glass window is lovely.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Michael G wrote a review Sep 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom43 contributions39 helpful votes
If you visiting the Grassmarket make sure you take time to go along the Cowgate and a short distance along, on your right, you will find the Magdalen Chapel wedged in between its rather grimy neighbours. There's little on the outside to hint at what you will find inside the chapel. It's a tiny oasis of peace in a bustling city so have a seat and reflect on its history. Its main attraction is the stained glass window but there are other links with some turbulent periods of Scotland's history. Make sure you purchase one of the well-presented, illustrated and detailed guide books (recommended donation £1.00). Check the opening times as well as these can be restricted.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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vinceclark wrote a review Jul 2018
Akron, Ohio60 contributions27 helpful votes
The Magdalen Chapel was founded on its current site in about the year 1541.There are four stained-glass shields in the center window. This is the only pre-Reformation stained glass in Scotland which is still intact. If you are interested in the history of the Scottish Reformation this is the place for viewing the structure and talking to the staff. The staff is knowledgeable and more than willing to share information. This is a convenient location not far from the castle.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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