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St. Mary's Cathedral

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Address: Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-225-6293

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Beautiful church

visited on a walking tour; lovely old church. since I was on a tour I did not get the chance to linger as long as I would have liked but still enjoyed the brief visit we had.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
Windsor, Canada
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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

visited on a walking tour; lovely old church. since I was on a tour I did not get the chance to linger as long as I would have liked but still enjoyed the brief visit we had.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This is worth a visit but it is not a special cathedral although it has some interesting history. It was commissioned by Bishop George hay in 1801 and the first Mass was in 1814 and since then has seen a visit from the Pope. apparently it grew with immigrants from Ireland after the potato famine. If you are into churches... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We visited the Cathedral Church of St Mary in Edinburgh in May 2016 because we like very much architecture and because it was highly recommended among places to see in Edinburgh. The building of the Cathedral has been finished in 1879. It is a large church with very beautiful stained glass windows and a big hanging crucifix. The green area... More 

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Sala, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Was passing by and popped in to have a looksee. Beatiful church with lots of restaurated memories on the walls. Just tranquil and perfect to slow yourself down when visiting a great city.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place to come and visit, peaceful and very welcoming, beautiful music is played and it truly is a wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommend this on a lunchtime stroll

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Beautiful, Spiritual, Tranquil, Serene Catholic Cathedral in city centre. Popped in to light a candle and say a prayer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Had the good fortune to sing at services over a weekend. The building alone is well worth a visit. Not the most stunning, but it has some lovely stained glass window's. As others have reviewed it is a working cathedral, but it is also peaceful. However there was a wonderful welcome for all at the post communion coffee. If you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

I went in while passing by on my way to Dean Village. It is a nice cathedral but nothing extraordinary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

There seems to be a lot of confusion about "St. Mary's Cathedral" There are in fact two St. Mary's Cathedrals in Edinburgh. The Catholic cathedral is situated at the East end of Princes Street in Broughton Street. Ask 99% of Edinburgh's citizen's where St. Mary's Cathedral is and they will send you here. In Fact, most people just refer to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

This gorgeous RC Cathedral and grounds in Palmerston place is a must visit attraction for anyone interested in the splendor of of 19th century houses of worship. The architecture is spectacular and although it is much less visited that its big cousin, St Giles (or more accurately, The High Kirk of Scotland) in Edinburgh's High Street. Personally I prefer this... More 

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