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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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Wonderful 'old' church beautiful inside, many old paintings beautiful pipe organ fills the church, the player was practising some music while we were there

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Penticton, Canada
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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful 'old' church beautiful inside, many old paintings beautiful pipe organ fills the church, the player was practising some music while we were there

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Saturday the 3rd Sept 2016, I was invited to attend the 88th Annual Festivals for the Guild of Servers. Started with a procession round part of the Cathedral outside & into the Cathedral, followed by High Mass. Enjoyable day attended by around 40 folks mostly servers like myself. Plus guests and visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this while we were walking to another place. It was beautiful. It is a place you can sit and see something special whichever way you look. We live in the US and have not seen many churches anywhere in the states as magnificent.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

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 August 24, 2016

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

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 August 21, 2016

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 August 11, 2016

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 July 30, 2016 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 July 30, 2016

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

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