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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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  • August 16, 2017
    This church was founded in 1688, she is also the Church of Edinburgh Castle, not common to find a church whose gable is type finois.une curious sculpture Golden above the entry door in Scotland. By the way of the building, a trophy deer he also Golden. Don't forget to take a ride in the old cemetery surrounding it and out you won't be able to miss the statue of the poet Robert Fergusson
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  • August 9, 2017
    Edinburgh is wonderful, for those who know and like Prague will also like Edinburgh. Walking through the old centre is priceless
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  • July 23, 2017
    I have visited many churches in Europe but what makes the Canongate Kirk stand out is it's simplicity. The clear glass windows flood the church with light and I found the blue paint used on the pews a...  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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