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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. Make St Giles' Cathedral part of your personalized Edinburgh itinerary using our Edinburgh tourist route planner.
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  • August 21, 2017
    This cathedral is charming. You can definitely look around it pretty quickly, and it's in the centre of the Royal Mile for easy access.  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Solid on the outside with a magnificent crown spire but nothing special on the inside, except for the Thistle Chapel which is a little gem and the stained glass windows which are stunning - spent a go...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Take some time even 10 or 15 mins to take a look inside this church it's beautiful and full of history. It's right in the centre of Edinburgh.  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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