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St Giles' Cathedral and Parliament Square

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 16-12-2010
FEATURED in Quality Art & Photography 16-12-2010
FEATURED in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses 04-01-2011
FEATURED in Views of Old & New Buildings, taken in daylight & in colour 22-01-2011
FEATURED in Where On Earth Is This? 15-05-2011
FEATURED in The English Church 24-11-2011
FEATURED in Favourite Place You Take, Make or Paint 27-11-2013
FEATURED in Downtown 30-04-2015

Camera: Canon EOS 400D

Taken in Parliament Square, along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. Parliament House was built here in 1641 giving the Square its name. It was used by the Scottish Parliament until the Treaty of Union in 1707. Largely unchanged since the time when it could be described as “the busiest and most populous nook of the Old Town”. St Giles’ Cathedral, or more correctly, the High Kirk of Edinburgh, which can be found on the Royal Mile. St Giles was only a cathedral in its formal sense (ie. the seat of an a bishop) for two periods during the 17th century. As the name implies the church is dedicated to St. Giles, a 7th century hermit (and later, abbot) who lived in France and became patron saint of Edinburgh as well as that of cripples, beggars and lepers. Although founded in about 1130, the building’s life has seen more change than most churches, and as a result most of the exterior dates back to a remodelling in the years up to 1833. The interior you see today comes from a restoration completed in 1883. St Giles has some of the best stained glass windows in Scotland, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, the colours of which bounce off the warm stone walls when the light is in the right position. This statue on the right is of Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott (1806-1884), the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and the 7th Duke of Queensbury K.G. was unveiled in Parliament Square on 7th February 1888. The regal bronze cast depicts a standing figure wearing Order of the Garter robes. The design for the main part of the statue was by J. Edgar Bohem. Various other artists were responsible for the panels which illustrate episodes in the Duke’s life and family history.

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