Today, I posting information about Rosslyn Chapel. This now famous Chapel or “The Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew”, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair. At the death of Sir William in 1484, the Chapel was unfinished and the larger building he had planned was never realised. The building took more than forty years to finish.

The architecture is considered to be some of the finest in Scotland. The Chapel stands on fourteen pillars, which form an arcade of twelve pointed arches on three sides of the naves. At the east end, there are three pillars which are called: the Master Pillar, the Journeyman Pillar and the most famous, the Apprentice Pillar.

The Chapel is rich in carvings of the “green man”. Over one hundred have been counted inside the building and one of the finest examples is the Lady Chapel ( is a English term for a chapel inside a cathedral or a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary).It stands between the altars to the Blessed Virgin and St. Andrews. There are many references to the Knights Templar and Freemasonry.

In 2004, the book by Dan Brown ‘Da Vinci Code’ was published which, together with the related film, increased the awareness of the Chapel, and triggered an unprecedented increase in visitor numbers. Rosslyn Chapel is now undergoing a major conservation project, with extensive renovations and also restrictions (you can not take pictures inside the Chapel). The Chapel retains an aura of mystery.
Well worth a visit if in the Edinburgh area.
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