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St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Referred to as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral is the city's principal place of worship. Located on the Royal Mile, the cathedral is an iconic landmark in the Edinburgh skyline. Much of the current building was restored in the 19th century, but the four pillars in the center are thought to date back to 1124. Chapels, called aisles, were built around the pillars and extended out on all sides. This unique arrangement coupled with the vaulted ceilings and vibrant stained glass give the cathedral a timelessness. By using our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app , you can arrange your visit to St Giles' Cathedral and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • Definitely worth a stop while touring the Royal Mile. Don't forget to see the Thistle Chapel too. Nice little gift shop and cafe too.  more »
  • With beautiful windows and decorations, it's a truly beautiful monument. My favourite is probably the architecture, creating a feeling of endless arches going in all directions. I visited Saturday, an...  more »
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  • A beautiful building with some very important people remembered there. The entrance fee is voluntary but is worth it, even if you make a smaller donation everything helps to maintain the building. The cafe downstairs is very good, reasonably priced with home made dishes and friendly staff
  • Its a £5 suggested donation and a further £2 to take photos inside. The window panels are amazing and have great detail and like all old churches the organ looks amazing. The separate little chapel on the side has an amazing history around the Scottish Knights. Nice place to visit.
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