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St. Mary's Cathedral

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Address: Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AW, Scotland
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A quiet retreat from the bustle outside

First time we have been into St Marys ,have been around Edinburgh all my life and never entered what a pleasant surprise ..Quite beautiful inside with a steady trickle of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First time we have been into St Marys ,have been around Edinburgh all my life and never entered what a pleasant surprise ..Quite beautiful inside with a steady trickle of worshippers and visitors coming into pray There is a fair history to the place and plenty of information to read in the church

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When standing up on Calton hill during a sunset of our recent visit to Edinburgh, the city is so beautiful, with it's old buildings, and flags, towers and of course dreamy spires, which St Marys is one that contributes to the beautiful vista that is Edinburgh's skyline, spectacular!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

I agree with others that this no architectural marvel like St. Giles, but it is still a nice place. There are also statues outside, one of which is a hand. Though it has prayerful meaning, it reminded me of my cousin as I waked past it nearly every day on my three week visit. Keiko, you lost the hand!

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

I managed to attend an Organ Recital by the resident organist last week and it was magical. I was transported to Europe of a bygone age, stunning music. Sad to see a small attendance, but I guess organ recitals are a niche audience. Highly recommended and located off Leith Road beside St James' Shopping Centre.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Not as amazing as other pieces in the city, this building still deserves an eye. Very smart the idea of an entrance all made of glass, which allows the tourists to look at the beautiful ceiling of the church without interruption the mass.

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Oradea, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A beautiful and serene church, we'll worth the visit, photos allowed for a fee which is very reasonable the atmosphere reminds you of were you are, beautiful stained glass windows well wktprth the visit and it's free.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

It is a lovely church, though I would not say it is a must see. However, if you do go in, on the right side of the church, while facing front, there are two interesting icons. One is of Jesus Christ, life size, and the other is of a nun, priest and I believe, cardinal. The eyes of Jesus and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

St. Mary's Cathedral is a striking old building set in large grounds. Free to enter it is a must see with wonderful architecture, paintings and windows.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Cool and still with fascinating artwork, including stunning stained glass. Visitors are free to wander, join the service or just sit in quiet contemplation. You do not need to be religious to enjoy this place and its tranquillity

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building, great grounds, inside the chorus is amazing and glazed windows make a colourful reflection, really lovely and it free! Don't miss it!

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