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St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Referred to as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral is the city's principal place of worship. Located on the Royal Mile, the cathedral is an iconic landmark in the Edinburgh skyline. Much of the current building was restored in the 19th century, but the four pillars in the center are thought to date back to 1124. Chapels, called aisles, were built around the pillars and extended out on all sides. This unique arrangement coupled with the vaulted ceilings and vibrant stained glass give the cathedral a timelessness. By using our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app , you can arrange your visit to St Giles' Cathedral and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • i often go to cathedrals on my vacation and this one is impressive. they have free guides that so nicely tells the history and stories of this ancient building  more »
  • This House of worship beautifully reflects the history of the Scots and it is very pleasant indoor great works of art with regard to architecture and glass crafts admire; the Church has a very religious aura
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  • Among the impressive features of the Edinburgh's cathedral is the brilliant stained glass throughout.  more »
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  • First time I 've been to a cathedral so small, but elegant. After the pomp and splendour of St:Paul's and Westminister Abby in London, this was a place where one felt like kneeling down in front of the Lord! And the architecture is so splendid as to easily capture your attention and interest for more than a couple of hours.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable Cathedral with a cafe downstairs and a special side chapel only open certain hours of the day. Open daily, but since it is a working cathedral, there will be times on Sunday where it is unavailable for showing. Usually there is a roof tour for small numbers and only when it isn't raining. There's a cozy little gift shop too.
  • Beautiful stained glass, historic memorial plaques, and the Thistle Chapel. Trying to find the green men is interesting too. Well worth visiting.
  • Amazing architecture. Stunning windows. It's a beautiful building and a sanctuary of worship. There are events throughout the summer. Also a small gift shop. There are guided tours. You have to buy a photography permit but it's well worth it to take the memories of the place away with you.
  • Absolutely stunning. Gift shop upstairs, bottom flow can set up city of the dead tours, basement there's a cafe. The inside is gorgeous, happened to have went in when a choir was singing. Definitely recommend the stop if you're on The Royal Mile.

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