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St. Mary's Cathedral

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Address: 23 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-225-6293

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Mass at 10AM

My wife and I went to Mass at 10AM two Sundays ago. We were quite surprised that the Mass was in the Polish language. We could follow along, but frankly, we didn't understand a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Corpus Christi, Texas
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I went to Mass at 10AM two Sundays ago. We were quite surprised that the Mass was in the Polish language. We could follow along, but frankly, we didn't understand a word that was said. It was a nice experience though. The Church itself is beautiful but not grand. The church does have a rather nice coffee... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This 19th Century Gothic Revival Cathedral pulls out all the stops. Built in the 13th Century perpendicular style it adheres to the strict requirements of the Gothic Revival which was more than an architectural style. It was a British National movement triggered in part by the novels of Sir Walter Scott but also as part of a quest for both... More 

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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a taxi from the modern art museum and told the taxi driver to park the car while we looked at this church before going to our hotel downtown. We looked in the church and it was not very impressive. We took only about 10 minutes to see everything. The stained glass was not impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The elegiac magic of the sung service at midnight never ceases to offer a meditative soul warming preparation for the introspective epicentre of the year! Go early though and wrap up, a truly mystical experience.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I attended a choir performance here, and it was very lovely. The cathedral itself is very beautiful and worth visiting.

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Attended mass at St. Mary's the first day of our trip to Scotland. It was a high mass and the choir and organist were outstanding. One of the few Catholic Churches in Edinburgh. Pope John Paul visited the "cathedral" on his visit to Scotland, church has a couple of Polish masses every Sunday.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was beautiful and the architecture was a treat to watch. The entire atmosphere was so serene. Would strongly recommend

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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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