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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Carlo P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Carlo P
Oradea, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank haggistea
Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Imafoodaholic
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Bruce H
Montrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Sally W
Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank Eric C
Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Linda B
Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 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.

Thank Jomo9074
Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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