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St Giles Cathedral
Edinburgh Top 13 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.5/5
176 Reviews
Church
Liked by 1
Summer opening hours (April-October) Monday-Friday 9:00-19:00, Saturday 9:00-17:00 Sunday 13:00-17:00, Winter opening hours (November-March ), Monday-Saturday 9:00-17:00, Sunday 13:00-17:00
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-3 hours
Address: High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE
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Phone: +44-131-2260674 +44-131-2260677

What people are saying:

It’s an amazing building inside and out, with free entry (although I didn’t go for one of the tours which cost you). Definitely worth a visit if you’re wandering down the high street.

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Introduction

Although there has been a church on this site since 1854, the earliest remains to be found in St Giles' Cathedral are four pillars which date from about 1120. In 1385 the church was destroyed by an English army but soon afterward rebuilt in greater splendor. In 1460 the roof was raised and the main body of the church extended eastwards. The famously elaborate crown spire was completed in 1495 and St Giles' was made a Presbyterian cathedral by Charles I in 1633. The Chapel of the Knights of the Thistle, built in 1911 for the Order of the Thistle, is particularly beautiful: each Knight's stall is carved in wood with an impressively intricate touch.
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