St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which is correctly titled the High Kirk of St Giles.

In addition to being a vibrant centre of Christian worship the Cathedral receives large numbers of tourist visitors each year, principally  due its central location.

St Giles was a 6th century Greek hermit who achieved fame throughout Europe.

A summary chronology of the site is as follows:

  • Located on a Christian site dating back to around AD 854.
  • The four massive central pillars are the oldest part of the building, dating from 1120.
  • Burned by the English in 1385 but rebuilt with a stone roof and five chapels.
  • In 1460 the roof was raised, clerestory windows added and the building extended eastwards.
  • Crown Spire added in 1495.
  • Famous for its link with John Knox ( d 1572) a Protestant reformer and first minister of Edinburgh. Inside the Cathedral is a statue of Knox and his burial-place is also marked.
  • Technically a Cathedral for just two short periods:1635-1638 and 1661-1689 when Episcopalian bishops held office.Subsequently used for Presbyterian worship.
  • Structure refaced by William Burn in 1829.
  • Latest addition is the Chapel of the most Ancient and most Noble Order of the Thistle by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1910 featuring high standards of craftsmanship in stone, timber and glass.
  • A Reiger organ was installed in 1992. See image no 2 below.

St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

John Knox Burial Marker, St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

Thistle Chapel, St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

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