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The Mansfield Traquair Centre is a former Catholic Apostolic Church located at Mansfield Place, beside the roundabout at the foot of Broughton Street on the edge of Edinburgh’s historic New Town. The building was designed by the prominent nineteenth-century architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson (1834 – 1921) and completed in 1885.

The most outstanding feature of the church is the vast scheme of mural decoration painted in the 1890s by Scotland’s leading Arts and Crafts artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936). Mainly due to her wonderful work, the church has been called Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel, and a jewelled crown.

Mansfield Traquair Centre ceased to be a church in 1958. The churchbuilders apparently believed that the world was going to end so they intended that the building would one day become useless.

The church suffered badly in the years since it ceased to be a place of worship, and damage to both the fabric of the building and the murals was severe. However, the building was rescued in the nick of time.

The Mansfield Traquair Trust was set up in 1993 to preserve this great building, and the magnificent murals within. A multi-million pound renovation of the building was completed in 2002 and the restoration of the murals was completed in 2005.

The Mansfield Traquair Centre is now the national headquarters of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Mansfield Traquair Centre is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 26849).

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

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Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200

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  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanover 4 years ago

    Love it Tom, great effect really brings out the details in this church. Well done :)

  • Thank you kindly Aj, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture and HDR

  • Thank you so much dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 4 years ago

    A tremendous shot of this building Tom,the history is out standing. Regards Dave.

  • Thank you kindly Dave, Edinburgh has some wonderful buildings …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Tom, you’ve been at the HDRs again! The colours are breathtaking!

  • Thank you David, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    Great capture… excellent HDR work!

  • Thank you so much dear Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Alana Ranney
    Alana Ranneyover 4 years ago

    very nice!!

  • Thank you kindly Alana …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Very nice image, Tom; beautiful details.
    Very interesting note.

  • Thank you Adri my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    Superb HDR and shot Tom x

  • Thank you dear Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

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

    How right you are about the wonderful buildings in Edinburgh Tom, also what a grand history. Wonderful treatment.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine, it is a lovely building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

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