Edinburgh Journals

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A travel journal to Edinburgh by Praskipark

The hand of a giant Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Attractions I visited on my short visit to Edinburgh in June 2012

Paolozzi's Big Foot and Hand Sculpture

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The hand of a giant Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The street sculptures outside St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh are some of the weirdest I have encountered. The first time I saw them was just before I entered the cathedral. My husband didn’t want to enter the church so he stayed behind trying to figure out what they symbolised. I hadn’t a clue and from the steps of the cathedral, they just looked like giant sized lumps of black, shiny metal.After I had finished my tour of the cathedral I went out to look at these three statues that were designed by Scottish artist and sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi. They were placed in this position in 1991 on the pavement opposite the church and at the top of Leith Walk. The piece of work is called, The Man...Read More

Royal Mile

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Attraction | "One big tourist trap"

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Like Princes Street, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is one thoroughfare visitors flock to year after year. The street's official title takes in several names; High Street, Lawnmarket, Canongate and Castle Hill. The street was given its grand nickname because of the route it takes from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world walk down this street whether the sun is shining or it is pouring down with rain. I am always amazed by the number of people who congregate in this area and I have never really understood the attraction of the Royal Mile and why it is so famous.Perhaps I am missing something. Let's take a virtual tour and see...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2012

Royal Mile
Main Thoroughfare of Old Town
Edinburgh, Scotland

Gallery Two/Dean Gallery

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Attraction | "Not to be missed"

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Edinburgh is really a city split in two, the New and Old Town. Out of the two I would say I prefer the New Town as it is less crowded and there are some outstanding art collections. The Dean Gallery is one of the newer art galleries, opening in 1999. The building used to be a hospital building and the reason it was transformed into a gallery was to house the large body of work created by the famous Scottish artist/sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi. The collection was a gift to the gallery from the sculptor. The largest piece of work is a steel statue standing at 7.3 metres high, touching the ceiling. It is called Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire and is a robotic figure. It is an awesome model and quite scary ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2012

Gallery Two/Dean Gallery
Belford Road
Edinburgh, Scotland EH4 3DS
+44 131 624 6326

St Mary's Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral

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Attraction | "The Mother Church of Scottish Catholicism"

St Mary's Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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We managed to see a few churches during our short visit to Edinburgh this year. One of the smaller churches was St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral which is often called the Metropolitan Cathedral. This interesting building came into view when we we left St James' Shopping Centre. Across the road from the church are some fascinating street sculptures which my husband really liked and spent time looking at them while I went inside the church.To reach the main entrance of the church you have to walk up several wide stone steps. The main door is made from wood with glass windows set inside a grey stone, decorated arch. Above the door is a huge stained glass window with two similar windows set ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2012

St Mary's Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral
Picardy Place Roundabout
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3JD
0131 556 1798

St. Giles' Cathedral

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Attraction | "Edinburgh's Principal Church"

St. Giles' Cathedral Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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St Giles Church in Edinburgh was named after the patron saint of Edinburgh, a well liked saint, who devoted time to the poor of the city especially people who suffered from leprosy and were unable to walk. The church is referred to as St Giles Cathedral but historically it was only classed as a cathedral for short periods of time. In 1633 the building was called a cathedral and kept the grand title for five years and again in 1661 until 1689. The building also had another name, the High Kirk of Edinburgh. It is Edinburgh’s most important church and was influential in the formation of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. St Giles is located on the Royal Mile, a cobbled street, one of the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2012

St. Giles' Cathedral
High Street, Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1RE
+44 131 225 4363