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“Heart of Edinburgh”

St Giles' Cathedral
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Ranked #21 of 394 things to do in Edinburgh
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen). Please do not book any tours through TripAdvisor, as they are not endorsed by the cathedral.
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“Heart of Edinburgh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

St Giles, steeped in centuries of history, a beautiful building well worth the visit. Pay the extra charge and visit the Thistle Chapel, where monarchs, Dukes, etc have sat for years.

Visited October 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“A must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Is easy to get to and once you're inside it's beautiful and peaceful. Worth paying £2 for a photo permit because the stained glass windows are stunnin!. There is also a little cafe in the basement.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

beautiful building, amazing stained glasses and the outside surrounding deserves a closer look too! With a guide tour through the area you get to know amazing things about the Cathedral and what's around.

Visited March 2013
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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“Beautiful cathedral”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

A nice cathedral... nothing too much on the exterior but the interior is definitely amazing! Love the stained glass and the structure and everything about it on the inside. My friends and I found it very beautiful. We just walked around and sat down just to rest and take it in the atmosphere. I bought some postcards to support the shop located inside - felt quite nice to write to my parents from inside this cathedral!

Visited March 2013
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Vitoria, ES
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“Shows the soul of Scottish”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is the main cathedral of The Church of Scotland and have beautiful stained glasses and many other furniture and sculptures composing the ambient, but the oddest thing I saw there was the names of battles and heros on the walls, so it shows the soul of Scottish, their warrior soul.
The worship of God and heros in wars are associated in this church and explain a lot...

Visited May 2012
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