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Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

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Church Tourist Spot
The Kirk of the Canongate, or Canongate Kirk, serves the Parish of Canongate in Edinburgh's Old Town, in Scotland. It is a congregation of the Church of Scotland. The parish includes the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. It is also the parish church of Edinburgh Castle, even though the castle is detached from the rest of the parish. The wedding of Zara Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, and Mike Tindall, took place at the church on 30 July 2011.CanongateThe Canongate was a separate burgh before it was formally absorbed by Edinburgh in 1856. By the late 1970s, the lower part of the Royal Mile, including the Canongate, had become unfashionable and run down. The local population was declining. The Kirk was threatened with closure, which was successfully resisted by the minister and congregation. Since then, circumstances have changed radically - notably with the construction of new flats in the vicinity as well as the new Scottish Parliament building.The building and kirkyardThe church was founded in 1688 and completed in 1691. The master mason in charge was James Smith. A plaque on the front of the church bears witness to it having been built through a large bequest from a local merchant:
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  • We stopped here for a while on our way from the Hollyroodhouse Palace to the Castle of Edinburgh. Worth visiting and taking some photos.  more »
  • Took my elderly grandma and kids here the other day - my grandma used to live in the Canongate and we wanted to take her on a walk down memory lane. Having never visited before I was really surprised ...  more »
  • OK place to see among many others. Very old architecture. Worth a quick look, pleasant and old, lots of tourists.  more »
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  • A 12th century church founded by King David after he fought off a white stag near the grounds of the church.
  • Nice well maintained graveyard and the resting place of Adam Smith.
  • A lot of local events n concert organize in this church. The graveyard at the back of the church
  • I love taking pictures here.
  • Looks like it used to be a nice church until they painted over all the old woodwork in baby blue and put a golden deer head on the top of the roof instead of a cross...

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