Standing in Parliament Square and part of the Royal mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, is St Giles Cathedral. It is especially bound to John Knox, who was its minister from 1559 to 1572 and preached an uncompromising Calvinist message launching the Scottish Reformation. Referred to as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles has been watching over Edinburgh spiritually for over 900 years. It was the political and religious centre of Edinburgh for most of the Middle Ages.

Between 1909 and 1911 a chapel for the Knights of the Thistle was added at the south east corner of the church. The Thistle Chapel measures just 37ft by 18ft but is extremely richly decorated.

Robert Lorimer designed the Thistle Chapel in a very particular Scottish style with angels playing bagpipes. This chapel is related to the Order of the Thistle, which is Scotland’s highest order of chivalry instituted by James II in 1687. A new addition is the Burns window in 1985 showing themes from the poetry of Robert Burns.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Canon 18-55mm IS lens


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  • John44
    John44about 5 years ago


    A perfect composition, great colors and details.

  • Thank you so much John, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you kindly Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    Standing here must have been a thrill for you Tom!!!! What an awesome structure!!! Great image, great color……. it’s really beautiful!!! Fave

  • Thank you Brenda, glad you like it. This is just a tiny corner of the Cathedral …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 5 years ago

    A rather majestic image with beautiful lighting and superb detail, Tom!!!

  • Thank you kindly Phil …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Fraser Ross
    Fraser Rossabout 5 years ago

    Good shot of a great place.

  • Thank you Fraser, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Steven …

    – Tom Gomez

    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    I have been inside this cathedral. Wonderful photo Tom.

  • Cheers Dave, it is a great building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 5 years ago

    To beautiful for words, Tom.. Excellent.

  • Thank you kindly Carol, so glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyabout 5 years ago

    Superb capture Tom, how did you manage to take a photo of this fabulous little cornor of the cathedral,
    when myself and tina where in this room we were not aloud to take any photographs.
    but then again there was a cover-charge to take shots,
    must say all the same it is a fabulous room Tom, brings back memories.

  • Cheers Fino, it is a great building. It was a quiet day when I was there and nobody tried to stop me.

    – Tom Gomez

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