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St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh, Scotland. With its famed crown spire it stands near the top of the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).

St Giles’ was founded in the 1120s when the Scottish royal family, the sons of Queen (Saint) Margaret and King Malcolm Canmore, especially David I (1124-1153) made strenuous efforts to spread Catholic Christian worship throughout the Scottish lowlands.

Historical information supplied by the St. Giles official website

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)


1 shot RAW file converted to 3 exposures in photoshop raw converter, HDR’d and tonemapped in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.


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  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    wonderful tom simply wonderful

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic work tom

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 5 years ago

    Great capture Tom.

  • Mayina
    Mayinaover 5 years ago

    Fabulous, have an ancestor buried here 1697………

  • Wow, he must have been quite important …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Tom The history is wonderful and thanks for sharing…

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 5 years ago

    Great image Tom ~ thanks for the text too :)

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...over 5 years ago

    Great colouring Tom. Pesky white transit van getting in the way!

  • White van man is everywhere – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    What a magnificent ediface!!

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, Tom!

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 5 years ago

    Been flicking back to my Peebles Church shot & your St Giles shot Tom. I was told the Peebles Church spire is a copy of St Giles. I think that is correct but St Giles is a bit wider.
    Oh nearly forgot, cracking shot love that rich blue sky!!

  • You are correct, also I understand that St Michaels at Linlithgow also had a similar crown, but it was in danger of collapse and had to be removed in the early 19th Century. In 1964 a replacement, the present aluminium spire, was added. The choice of spire was controversial at the time and the town was divided about it.

    – Tom Gomez

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