St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

This evening, I am posting information on St Giles Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Originally a Roman Catholic place of worship it is now Presbyterian and correctly known as the High Kirk of St Giles.

The Cathedral has a reputation for its concerts and organ recitals.

John Knox, a powerful preacher and leader of the Reformation, was minister 1559-1572 and is buried close by.

Most of the building was refaced during the 19th century. However, the Choir with its medieval vault and eastern bay dates from 1460 and is wholly original. The Crown Tower dates from 1500 and was restored  in the 17th century. Other important aspects are:

  • A small chapel known as Holy Blood Aisle with monument to Earl of Moray.
  • Organ by Reiger of Austria which was installed in 1992.
  • Sanctuary with Holy Table.
  • The National Covenant which dates from 1638 and led to the establishment of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.
  • Chapman Aisle with monument to Marquess of Montrose.
  • Preston Aisle, a chapel hung with banners of the Knights of the Thistle.
  • Thistle Chapel, an early 20th century structure featuring intricatey carved wood and stone.
  • Lower Aisle housing the Cathedral restaurant.
  • Chancel or Choir, the oldest part of the church dating from 14th century.
  • Chambers Aisle.
  • St Eloi’s Aisle, named after the patron saint of a medieval guild.
  • Statue of John Knox.
  • Albany aisle dating from 1409 and re-dedicated to the fallen of WW2.

West entrance to St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Video clip of Thistle Chapel

Inside Thistle Chapel attached to St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

John Knox’s final resting place behind St Giles Cathedral

Stained glass North Window, by Douglas Strachan,  St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Inside St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Chancel or Choir, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Knights of the Thistle banners, Preston Aisle, St Giles Cathedral

Rieger Organ, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Sanctuary with Holy Table, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

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