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St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

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#6 of 44 in Historic Sites in Edinburgh
Church Tourist Spot
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. Make St Giles' Cathedral part of your personalized Edinburgh itinerary using our Edinburgh tourist route planner.
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  • It was nice as there was a choir singing while I was visiting So many churches in Scotland but this is used in a nice way  more »
  • St Giles Cathedral is an exquisite example of Scottish religious architecture. It is easy to access on foot and you should climb right to the top for the superb views.  more »
  • We did not go into the cathedral, but the outside is magnificent and our guide's rendition of its history was very interesting.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Awesome cathedral(high kirk) in the city that dates back to late 14th century. There is short sermon of 15 mins around 12pm and everyone is welcome to join. Musical performances are often held here during lunch too.
  • Not your typical cathedral. This place is more interesting and has staff that will gladly tell you more about some aspects. Only minor downside is you have to pay 2 pounds to take photos inside.
  • Awesome architecture. It's beautiful from the inside too! A must visit spot for tourists!
  • It's an extremely beautiful architectural structure. We didn't get the time to go inside, however from outside itself it was extremely beautiful. A must see on the Royal Mile.

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