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The Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This Kirk came about during the ‘Bishops War’ in the 17th century after Charles I tried to impose an episcopal structure onto the Scottish Church and turned the High Kirk into St. Giles Cathedral by making it the seat of the Bishop of Edinburgh.

In retaliation the congregation of the High Kirk commissioned a new church to be built just along the road.

Started in 1636 it was completed in 1647. The original wooden spire was replaced in 1829 after it was destroyed by a fire, but inside you can still see the original hammerbeam roofing.

The Tron, which got its name due to the weighing scales which were housed here well into the 18th century, closed as a church in 1952 and was acquired by the City of Edinburgh Council. It was subsequently left to decay, and the interiors were eventually gutted. Excavations then took place under the church, from within, in 1974, which revealed some foundations of 16th century buildings in Marlins Wynd. A debate continues as to whether the internal destruction of this famous landmark was warranted.

The Tron’s position as the traditional focus for Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay celebrations has been reduced in recent years, due to the expansion of the celebrations throughout the city centre.

The Tron Kirk is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27552).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.7.

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    Gosh Tom what a very interesting History you have included with this great shot to boot
  • Thank you kindly malcolm, I’m as interested in the history as I am in the photography …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Great shot tom, lovely building and architecture.

  • Cheers Gary …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great catch

  • Thank you kindly Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Excellent view tom

  • Thank you John, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and history Tom

  • Thank you so much Barry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Tom~ what a magnificant old Cathedral!!

  • Thank you kindly Cheryl, however, this is not the cathedral, just a former church. The Cathedral is a little further up the hill.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 4 years ago

    I cant help wondering if a ‘Tron’ is related to a Trol Tom? The sun seems to follow you around cos you always get fabulous shots with fabulous skies!!

  • Thank you kindly young Robin, as you know, the sun always shines on the righteous – hehehe …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Another fantastic shot and info Tom.

  • Thank you so much dear Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Excellent shot, Tom. I’ve always admired the steeple of this hard-to-miss building, but I did not know much about its history beyond that it had been built after the co-opting of St. Giles. I certainly didn’t know much about its recent history. Thanks for that!

  • Thank you so much Sheila, so pleased that you find it interesting. The original kirk was slightly larger, but part of the building was removed at the back and an open space called Hunters Square was constructed. It was always a nice place to sit and there are some good cafes and restaurants dotted around the square, but in recent years, it has become a place where drunks congregated. THey were becoming quite a nuisance and were harassing the residents and tourists. The town council passed an ordinance which prohibits the consumption of alcohol anywhere in the square. If caught, the police will remove the alcohol and pour it down the nearest drain. As you can imagine, this has mostly solved the problem …

    – Tom Gomez

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