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St Giles' Cathedral

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  • Day21

    Harry, Mary, Vaults and Graveyard

    November 5 in the United Kingdom

    It figures that it would take me three weeks to actually go on a Harry Potter tour. I did love it though. The group learned that J.K. Rowling, as expected, used much of Edinburgh as the inspiration behind the books. What I didn't know was how ingrained mythology was in Scottish culture, as well as how the unicorn is the country's animal, much like the bald eagle is our "mascot" if you will. I even managed to show off my nerd knowledge by answering a few of the questions posed to the group. We learned the dark past of Scotland and witches, and then saw a few graves that the infamous Rowling got many names from for her books. The only downside being all the places I want to check out because of the tour. From there, especially with it only being five, although it was already dark, I decided to go on a tour of Mary King's Close. Not far down the Royal Mile, the main hub of tourism (and technically one and one eighth mile), I walked right in and got literally the last slot for the final tour of the day. Thank goodness, because although I was planning on taking tomorrow off, that may be the day I head to Sterling Castle and to see the William Wallace monument; although I'll have to see where my energy levels are before taking off. On the tour they walk you through history, taking us in your preserved rooms, telling us the gory stories behind death, the plague, and beheadings. Understandably, we were not permitted to take photos, as that area is now beneath a government building; part of the rich story that was told to us. As a true glutton for punishment, right after walking out of my third tour of the day, I immediately walked across the street to "The City of the Dead" tour. This takes you to the normally locked section of Greyfriers Graveyard, with a shocking amount of accounts of hauntings and mysterious happenings, as well as to the underground vaults beneath the city which were originally intended to be a market. Wisely, I decided to pop in to a local pub and grab some food with the half hour between my guided trips. Getting the only thing with vegetables available, a pizza (go figure), I was on my way. I checked in early, with my highly sardonic guide, and waited until everyone else showed up. I didn't have to wait long. Promptly at half seven (7:30) we were walking (yes, more walking) to our first destination; the vaults. Thank goodness he ttold that there would be no one in a mask popping out from around any corners. Giving us historically accurate representation, while giving us a spooky story, and also making us all laugh was interesting to behold. Our docent for the evening gave they why of how the vaults came to be, and moved seamlessly in to the tales that have given so many a fright, even including some of his personal experiences with other groups. In one chamber, and with plenty yarn being woven, he plunged the gathering in to complete darkness. Listening to the sounds of those above us, cars driving, people walking, and the deeper sounds of someone rustling their jacket, shifting from one foot to the other, all of us waiting for a ghost from the story to whisper in your ear or poke and prod you... waiting, in darkness, totally blind to even the hand in front of your face. Well we all had a good jump scare, and then laugh, when he turned on his flashlight and said loudly "Nope, nothing there." Once we had made our way down the slippery slope of the old tiled walkways, and in to the fresh air, we were moving again. Although it was the third trip to the graveyard in the same day, they each had a different story to be told; a testament to the history this city has. Part of this exhibition is learning the history that made these events come to pass, and why these poltergeists might haunt the areas that we're told they do. Assuredly quite a fun way to learn history, going over kings, religion, wars, invasion, and persecution. Once you've gotten the backstory, the gate is unlocked, and you're lead inside "Covenanters Prison" which was, and not to be too dark, what is known as the first concentration camp. Given more story, once again being more on the morbid side of things, we were then taken to the location dubbed tastefully as "the black mosuleum." It is said that this is not only the place where most 'encounters' happen, as well as the possible site of a mass grave might be. Now, there is a funny thing about certain architecture with a curved sort of roof, that if someone is speaking in the front, and you stand in the back right in the center, it sounds like there's a speaker system directing the voice of whomever is speaking right around you. That is NOT the type of position you want to be in when someone with a mask pops in to give you a fright, and the voice protects itself to feel as if the wind is at your back, with someone looming behind you, ready to snatch a hold. So it was quite a the moment of trepidation, but at least I wasn't alone, and we all got a good laugh from that too. After calling our chaperone a liar, he was quick to point out that he said there wouldn't be anyone in a mask inside the vaults; well, you got me there. Much too soon, the tour was at an end, and I may not have gotten any photos (much too dark, literally) but it was highly amusing. There are some things that I have heard many times, and from multiple people, but the way this story was laid out was probably my favorite. Things were in my favor too, because the end of the tour was just up the hill from my lodging. Getting back just after 10, I realized I had been out and about for roughly twelve hours, and walking most of that time. My feet were aching, my legs about to give out, and I couldn't be happier about it. Here's to having fingers crossed, after a long night's sleep, that I can do it all again tomorrow.Read more

  • Day20

    St. Gilles Cathedral

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Tolle Kirche, sehr beeindruckend!

    Ann: Hier gibt es den bekannten Diestelorden. Es gehören ihm 16 Personen an, sowie die Queen, Prinzessin Anne und Prinz William. 14 Personen sind Schotten und zwei Briten. Ausländer dürfen nicht Mitglied werden, einzig ein Norweger wurde seit 250 Jahren aufgenommen. Warum weiss ich aber nicht.
    Jahrestag ist der 30.11. da treffen sich alle hier in der Kirche. Tolles geschnitztes Kirchengestühl.Read more

  • Day9

    St. Giles Cathedral

    October 5, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Die St Giles' Cathedral steht im Herzen von Old Town Edinburgh.
    Der Anblick von außen ist schon ausgesprochen imposant.
    Ein Besuch lohnt sich auf jeden Fall, sehenswert auch die "Thistle Chapel" in der
    Kathedrale selbst.

    Der Eintritt ist gratis, nur wer innen fotografieren möchte zahlt 2 Pfund.

  • Day12

    Edinburgh - exploring

    August 12, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Arrived in Edinburgh and found my hostel (pic 1), wandered around, up and down the Golden Mile (super packed with Fringe festival stuff), checked out Scottish parliament (very interesting building, pic 2), and climbed the hill to Arthur's Seat (amazing views, pic 3, even a little sunshine!).

    Dinner was traditional haggis, neeps (mashed turnips - why don't we do this at home?), and tatties (mashed potato) from The Last Drop (the best haggis in town according to the internet, pic 4). As a first time haggis experience, it was good! The best I could think of to describe it is the consistency of mashed potato with couscous mixed in, and the flavour of Bisto gravy / BBQ steak and onions.

    Finished the day with some free stand up comedy shows and street music (part of Fringe, pic 6). All up a great first day!

    There's a lot of bustle and activity (likely due to Fringe) but Edinburgh already feels like a more relaxed place than London. My hostel is also much closer this time. Lots of beautiful old buildings.
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  • Day5

    Royals, Palaces, Paparazzi, and Parties

    July 3, 2012 in the United Kingdom

    Queen Elizabeth II visited Edinburgh for an invitation only Garden Party held at her summer home, Holyrood Palace, as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration. A good time was had by all and we were totally exhausted as we left the festivities! :)

  • Day2

    Sant Giles Chatedral e la Old Town

    October 18 in the United Kingdom

    Finita la visita del 🏰 scendiamo lungo la Royal Mile ed incontriamo Saint Giles Chatedral, una bellissima chiesa gotica. Royal Mile è una via lunga 1,5 km ed è suddivisa in 5 tratti i cui nomi riflettono le origini storiche di ciascun quartiere: Castle Espanade,Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High St e Canongate.
    Poi girovagano per le viuzze ed i vicoli della old Town ed andiamo a vedere il cortile dell'Università di teologia.Read more

  • Day5

    Mary King's Close

    October 21 in the United Kingdom

    E per finire la giornata cosa c'è di meglio che andare a fare una visita alla Edimburgo sotterranea... Mary King's Close è una viuzza stretta, come ce ne sono tante nella od town, che nel XVIII secolo è stata coperta in quanto vi hanno costruito sopra dei palazzi. Sotto sono rimaste le parti basse delle case e tutte le botteghe. Il vicolo si è conservato pressoché intatto per 250 anni. È stata anche questa una visita interessante dove ci hanno spiegato come si viveva qui a quei tempi, tra la sporcizia e la puzza in condizioni igieniche pazzesche. Erano anni in cui c'erano epidemie di peste e gli animali vivevano a stretto contatto con gli uomini.
    In una delle stanze una medium dice di aver visto il fantasma di un bimba di nome Annie ed in questo punto i visitatori lasciano bambole ed orsacchiotti.
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  • Day14

    Edinburgh - economist bonus

    August 14, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    There's a big statue of Adam Smith, "the father of modern economics" on the main tourist street. I didn't know he was Scottish! Here he is looming over me at night, reminding me of exams.

  • Day5

    St Giles' Cathedral I

    December 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    In der Kathedrale waren wir zwar damals schon, aber da war der Shop geschlossen. Der Eintritt in die Kathedrale ist kostenlos.

    Die einstige Kathedrale St Giles’ Cathedral, auch High Kirk of Edinburgh, ist die Hauptkirche der Church of Scotland und eine der bedeutendsten Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt Edinburgh in Schottland. Sie befindet sich an der als Royal Mile bekannten Hauptachse der Altstadt rund 500 Meter östlich vom Edinburgh Castle.

    Die erste urkundliche Erwähnung einer Kirche an dieser Stelle stammt aus dem Jahr 854.
    Das gegenwärtig existierende Gebäude wurde mutmaßlich seit dem Jahr 1120 gebaut. Nach einem Brand im Jahr 1385 wurde die Kirche im Stil der Gotik wiederaufgebaut; der Turm wurde erst im Jahr 1495 fertiggestellt.

    Die Kirche ist St Giles geweiht, das ist der heilige Ägidius, einer der Vierzehn Nothelfer.[1] St Giles ist die Hauptkirche der Stadt, auch wenn sie in ihrer Zeit als katholische Kirche nie Kathedrale war, denn Edinburgh gehörte zum Bistum St Andrews (siehe Liste der Bischöfe und Erzbischöfe von St Andrews).

    Im 16. Jahrhundert hat in der Kirche St Giles der Reformator John Knox gepredigt. Er wurde auf einem Friedhof südlich der Kirche begraben, der heute vom Parkplatz des benachbarten High Court überbaut ist. In der Nähe der Kathedrale wurde im Jahr 1904 eine lebensgroße Skulptur des John Knox aufgestellt, die vom Bildhauer MacGillivray erschaffen wurde.

    Im Jahr 1633 wurde St Giles von Karl I. zur Kathedrale erhoben, verlor den Titel aber bereits im Jahr 1638. In den Jahren 1661 bis 1689 wurde sie erneut zu einer Kathedrale der „Anglikaner“.Für die Anglikaner in Schottland, die sich zur Scottish Episcopal Church zusammenschlossen, gilt St Giles seit dem Ende der Glaubenskonflikte als die Hauptkirche der reformatorischen Church of Scotland.

    Im 19. Jahrhundert und in den 1970er Jahren erfolgten umfangreiche Restaurierungen, zwischen 1983 und 1993 wurde in vier Phasen eine Multibeton-Fußbodenheizung[6] eingebaut. 1911 wurde im Südosten der Kirche die Thistle Chapel im neugotischen Stil angebaut. Sie dient als Ordenskapelle des Order of the Thistle. Das neugotische Chorgestühl weist für jeden der 16 regulären Ritter des Ordens einen mit seinem Wappen gekrönten Sitz auf. Aus dem späten 20. Jahrhundert stammen zahlreiche Glasfenster wie das große Fenster in der Westfassade (The Great West Window oder The Burns Window) des isländischen Künstlers Leifur Breidfjörd aus dem Jahr 1985.
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  • Day5

    Royal Mile II

    December 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Nach der Kathedrale sind wir weiter die Royal Mile entlangg elaufen.

    Ich bin dann noch einmal kurz in den Hogmanay-Shop, quasi der Silvesterveranstaltungsshop, um zu fragen wo man am nächsten Tag genau die Fackeln holen könne für den Fackelzug.

    Dann sind wir weiter in Richtung North Bridge.

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