St Andrew’s & St George’s Church (formerly St Andrew’s church), George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

St Andrew’s & St George’s Church sits on the north side of George Street and due to its eliptical plan, creates space back from the street – either side of the central portico – that is unusual on this street, reminiscent of Bernini’s beautiful S.Andrea in Rome. The church’s steeple was added three years after completion.

The church is oval shaped. It’s claimed that there are no corners for the Devil to hide!

St Andrew’s & St George’s was the first centre of Christian worship in Edinburgh New Town. The church was built by Edinburgh City Council to his oval design. The spire was added in 1787.

Two churches, St Andrew’s and St George’s, were planned as principal elements in what was then one of the largest urban building schemes ever conceived – James Craig’s plan of 1767 for the New Town of Edinburgh.

The Town Council held a competition for a design for the eastern church, St Andrew’s, which was won by Captain Andrew Frazer and Robert Kay. The church was founded in 1781 and opened in 1784.

St George’s Church (now West Register House), designed by Robert Adam (1728-92), although much modified by Robert Reid (1774 – 1856) who was tasked with the actual construction was built on the west side of Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square at the west end of George Street.

In 1843 one of the most significant events in Scotland of the 19th century took place in St Andrew’s Church – the Disruption. Fuelled by increasing concern and resentment about the Civil Courts’ infringements on the liberties of the Church of Scotland, around one third of the ministers present at the annual General Assembly walked out, cheered by onlookers outside, and constituted the Free Church of Scotland.

In 1964 the congregation of St George’s Church was united with St Andrew’s, forming St Andrew’s and St George’s.

St Andrew’s & St George’s church is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed monument (HB Number 27283).

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


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  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    A fine posting Master Tom

  • Thank you kindly John …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great catch

  • Thank you so much Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kevin Meldrum
    Kevin Meldrumover 4 years ago

    love the detailed descriptions you always add to your work tom, great shot once again

  • Cheers Kevin, glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Great image and commentary Tom!!!! Do you go to the round church??? lol
    I would need to…. i need all the help I can get!!!! lol This is a great shot… colorful and direct!!! A fav!!

  • Thank you Jz, always appreciated.
    This shot is taken on George Street in Edinburgh. George Street is always busy. Parking is along the middle of the street (strangely) and there is another double-decker buse every 20 seconds or so. Trying to get a decent shot is a nightmare …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 4 years ago
    Fabulous capture and your spire is wonderful!!!
  • So glad you like it. It is a very nice building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Excellent image and no corners..I have never heard that one before, but I like it… Well done Tom

  • So glad you like it Carol, your great comments are always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • You are most welcome …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Don …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    another beauty Tom.x

  • Always appreciated dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    The steeple looks great against the lovely blue sky Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Trish …

    – Tom Gomez

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