St. GILES’ CATHEDRAL

This very beautiful cathedral is one of the most important landmarks to be found on The Royal Mile. With free entry, you just have to go in and marvel at the details. There are donation boxes inside if you wish to support it’s continuing restoration, and there is a small fee of £2 to obtain a sticker allowing you to photograph. We saw that many just ignore the request, either regarding a mobile as something other than a camera, or just simply doing what some say Scot’s are famous for – being tight fisted with their money!

 

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The mother of the Scottish church and Presbyterianism. It dates back to the 11th century and has been remodelled many times.

 

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My shot of Aurora standing almost dead center in the cathedral

 

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A wonderful photo from Aurora of this incredibly beautiful ceiling at it’s artistic best.

 

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You will find details that have survived from the late medieval period (1385-1560), in the Cathedral including  many carvings, tombs and memorials.non-religious carvings. Some of the oldest heraldic carvings from the 15th century can be seen in the Albany Aisle.

 

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Plenty of very impressive stained glass windows to see.

 

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The Reiger organ installed in 1992.

 

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The East Window dates back from 1874.

 

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The Great West Window was installed in 1985.  It’s the work of the Icelandic artist Leifur Breidfjörd. It is semi-abstract in style, and is a celebration of themes from the poet Robert Burns.

 

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