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“Beautiful”

St Giles' Cathedral
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Terror Walking Tour in Edinburgh
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.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

Very beautiful stain glass. Would loved to have heard the pipe organ. Can attend services if so desire to do so. Must purchase photography permit for two pounds if you want to take indoor pictures. Worth the time to see while walking the Royal Mile.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful Stain Glass Windows”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

As we were walking along the Royal Mile we came across the lovely St Giles Cathedral. Entry is free (donations welcome) and there is a £2 charge for a camera permit. It is lovely inside with a very interesting pulpit but for us the highlights were the beautiful stain glass windows - each telling a story. Outstanding is all I can say.

There is a shop inside where you can purchase cards, books etc.

Well worth a visit as when walking down the Royal Mile.

Visited July 2013
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“High Kirk of Edinburgh and Mother Church of Presbyterianism of Scotland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

Been a person of Presbyterian faith, I truly enjoyed the visit to St.Giles and learnt its historical connections with the reformation and the reformer John Knox. However the name of "cathedral" doesn't have its real meaning, since it is a protestant church of Scotland. The visit is a free will donation, but asking £ 2 for photo taking. This Gothic style structure was dated back 14th century and constantly renovated over the years. The Crown Steeple is an unique feature added to the Church. Inside the church, worth of mention are: (1)The Holy Blood Aisle- a monument for James Stewart, Regent of Scotland, was assassinated. He was a friend of John Knox and was buried there. The stained glass windows depict the assassination and funeral sermon by John Knox. (2) A statue of John Knox, leader and preacher of the Scottish reformation, who served the minister from 1559-1572. (3)The Thistle Chapel, a small prestigious, noble place of worship for the Order of Knights of the Thistle (H.M. The Queen is head of the Order) is a place not to be missed during the visit, although Cathedral is asking another £ 2 donation to enter the Chapel. The chapel was built between 1909-1911 designed by Robert Lorimer, with the atmosphere of medieval in mind. inside is decorated with highly ornate finest wood carvings and wood panels, and lists of Order of Knights of the Thistle. An angel playing bagpipes is hidden on the corner of the Chapel, it took some effort for me to located it (walk straight in from the entrance toward the wall, on the upper right corner). There are many decorated stone bosses on the ceiling, one of them carved with the Motto of "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit" ("No One Provokes Me with Impunity"). (4)The Preston Aisle, hung with heraldic banners of Knights of the Thistle, built around 1454, house the relic of St. Giles' arm bone, and is a memorial place for Sir.William Preston.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Beautiful cathedral. A must do while walking down the royal mile. Be sure to pay the pound or 2 to get into the Thistle Chapel in the right rear corner of the cathedral.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful Catherdral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

In the centre of the Royal Mile, a beautiful place to visit, has coffee shop inside. Very interesting, free admission, good gift shop

Visited July 2013
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