This stunning cathedral on the Royal Mile is dedicated to Saint Giles, the patron saint of Edinburgh, and is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. I’ve walked past it countless times but never stepped inside, so when my parents came to visit I decided this is the time to do it!
St Giles’ Cathedral was founded in 1124 (!) and is also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. If I haven’t misunderstood something, St Giles’ isn’t actually a cathedral because it doesn’t have a bishop and is hence referred to as a High Kirk. There are several chapels, or “aisles” that have been added over the years, making the kirk pretty big inside.
I was in awe when we entered as the building is just as pretty on the inside as on the outside – without doubt one of the most impressive churches I’ve been to. I don’t think my photos does it justice at all, and many corners of the church were just too dark to get a good photo of. You’ll just have to go and see it for yourself!
There were so many gorgeous glass stained windows so full of details, but unfortunately most of them are a bit too bright in my photos. I might just have to go back 🙂
x Nina x
PS. There’s a £2 fee if you want to take photos inside.