St Giles Cathedral

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by artslover on March 15, 2006

St. Giles Cathedral, or the High Kirk, is located on the Royal Mile. From the outside, it captures the eye because of the crown like spire. But its real importance lies in its history. A church has stood on its location for almost a thousand years. The current cathedral dates back to 1495. John Knox, the founder of the Scottish reformation preached at St. Giles.

It does not take long for a visit but since it is free, it is well worth the time. The interior is filled with statues, stained glass, memorials, and beautiful small chapels. I like to look up to admire the ribs on the vaulted Gothic ceiling. If you want to take longer, the staff are full of stories about the history of the church. They can point out the spot where, 400 years ago, Jenny Geddes threw a stool at the cathedral's dean while he was reading a prayerbook printed in England.
St. Giles' Cathedral
High Street, Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1RE
+44 131 225 4363

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