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Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

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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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  • worth a visit when exploring Edinburgh it is basically the start of the royal mile from one end. short walk to hollyrood park. 
  • Just been at a wonderful wedding in this historic kirk. The minister is clearly fascinated with the history of this building and explained the siting of an abbey then church initially on this site way...  more »
  • Was walking past on my way to Holyrood and stopped off for a wander round. It is a nice little kirkyard, some really interesting graves, I hadn't realised that it was where Adam Smith was buried, so t...  more »
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  • Messy poorly maintained grounds. Worth a 3 min stroll in and out. But that's all.
  • 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...
  • A place where Adam Smith were laid. Go inside, turn left Adam is on the your left.
  • Loved visiting this graveyard as part of a tour with mercat tours. However, the guide told us she wouldn't take us to the catacombs at the bottom of the graveyard as it was slippy. We visited the following day to be met with lots and lots of drug stuff like needles and wipes etc!! Although the overall experience was excellent, watch out where you stand!
  • Ghost tour brought me here. Lots of history happened here.