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Stained Glass at St Giles

St. Giles cathedral is a beautiful place of worship in the Royal Mile of Edinburgh and a few minutes walk from the Edinburgh Castle in the rather historic Edinburgh Old Town.


The Old town of Edinburgh is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Undoubtedly so. It is home to a lot of historic buildings and its narrow alleyways and closes lend a charm of its own. It is a delight to walk around in this neighbourhood and relive what it was like to be in the early years of the city. I can already imagine people in funny dresses, horse carriages trodding along the narrow cobbled streets, with the daily activities interrupted by the parade of soldiers....


Its easy to get lost in such a world. And it has a different charm that you would never find in any city in US.


Coming back to St Giles, it is beautiful cathedral built in Gothic style of architecture with its oldest pillars surviving from the 11th century. A lot of nice chapels have added to its irregular shape, the most notable being the Thistle Chapel, glorius in its lavish architecture honoring the Order of the Thistle. Other famous memorials include one for the notable writer, RL Stevenson.


But what St Giles, is famous for is undoubtedly one of the best stained glass collection in all of Scotland. Granted, they were only from 18th and the 19th century (many of the earlier ones were destroyed or damaged and restoration work was done by Lord Provost in the 1870s). I still found them highly captivating. They are quite unlike any stained glass I have ever seen - and thats just because I have never seen good examples of it before.


I spent a good hour there. And it was an hour well spent.


Here is a composition of 5 of the stained glass windows. A nice sunny day provided good lighting for shooting these as well. The second from left is the North Window, the middle is the Burns Window and the 5th is the Burne-Jones Window.


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St Giles Cathedral

Edinburgh, UK

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Taken on April 14, 2009