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Edinburgh EH9 1BB

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Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral Edinburgh

Photos courtesy St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place

Photos courtesy St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place



Edinburgh’s religious history is a fascinating one, which can be traced from the days when Scotland’s people were almost all Roman Catholic in their faith, through the Reformation in the 16th Century and into the 21st Century, when the many faiths are represented;  now you can visit churches and cathedrals, mosques and temples. All of them are interesting, not just because of the religious aspect, but because of their architecture and their history. We suggest that, if you have time, you visit one or more of Edinburgh churches, cathedrals, chapels,as well as the Central Mosque and the Sikh Temple. Whatever your beliefs, you will find much of interest and our staff can tell you where they are and how to get there..

St. Margaret’s Chapel at the Gillis Centre, is a gem and you can read about it on our website or you can download a pdf of the guidebookIf you want to visit it,
ask one of our staff.

St. Mary’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic) in York Place is the main place of worship for Roman Catholics in Edinburgh. The Chapel of St. Mary was opened in 1814, originally designed by James Gillespie Graham, who designed our Chapel.  The church was considerably embellished over the years and in 1878 it became the pro-cathedral of the new Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.  In 1886 it became the Metropolitan Cathedral.  St. Mary's has been extended, reguilt and remodeled many times over the years.  Pope John Paul II visited St. Mary's in 1982.  Mass is held every day.

St. Margaret’s Chapel in Edinburgh Castle, (Church of Scotland) was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to Queen Margaret of Scotland, who was later canonised.
This is the smallest place of worship in Edinburgh and is said to be the oldest building in the city.

St. Mary’s Cathedral (Episcopal) in Edinburgh’s West End, with its two magnificent towers, is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of Edinburgh.  Designed by another famous architect, Sir George Gilber Scott, St. Mary's is the largest ecclestical building in Scotland.  There are often concerts.

St. Giles Cathedral (Church of Scotland) on the Royal Mile, which was Roman Catholic until the Reformation. There is a daily service and often musical events
are held there.  The Thistle Chapel, the windows and the many memorials are points of interest. .

The Canongate Kirk (Church of Scotland) on the Royal Mile, where the royal family worship when they are in Edinburgh. Nearby is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.   It is open daily between May and September, when members of the congregation are on hand to tell you about its history.

Edinburgh also has communities of Muslims and Sikhs:
Edinburgh Central Mosque This is the main place of worship for Muslims, built in the late 20th Century.

Edinburgh Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Sikh) represents a culture of the East.



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