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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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  • A absolute must to see this magnificent design and perfect workmanship for constructing this Gothic Cathedral. Even if you are not a religious person , just step inside and see the astonishing tinted murals. If you are in Edinburgh take the 2 hours or more and visit this Cathedral to see the fine detailed art. It will cost some money for photographing and guided tour.
  • I set foot inside it on a trip from Austin TX. Our group went in and I loved it! I am a spiritual and religious person that enjoyed talking to the staff and other tourists. I do want to attend a service here sometime. In memory of loved ones, I lit a candle for each. That day, I felt more peaceful and upbeat. It made me feel better about death and I could feel their spirits surrounding me.
  • I’m not a very religious person. Okay, I don’t believe in any of that stuff. With that being said, the stained glass murals at St. Giles’ Cathedral made it worth setting foot inside of a church. They were breathtaking. Is it kind of dumb that you have to pay two quid to take photos? Yeah. But it’s not like the cathedral has a ton of revenue streams. If it keeps this beautiful place open for years to come, I can deal.
  • Beautiful ceilings with amazing details. The art on the windows are very intricate with vibrant colors and images that appear 3D with the perfect lighting. Staff is very polite and friendly. The is a 2 pound fee for a permit to take photos. Donations are welcomed. There is a restroom available on the premises. There is a gift shop and cafe.
  • Second visit here at St. Giles Cathedral (first one in 1980). It may be the mother church of Presbyterianism in Scotland, but the CoS is about as far from her roots as she can get. The lighting was much better on this visit. Dark and gloomy last time. Paying £2 to take pics was better than buying them in the tourist traps. Lovely architecture and a moving place. The history of the place is presented well.
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