St Giles’ Cathedral

One place I’ve always wanted to photograph is St Giles’ cathedral, in the heart of Edinburgh.  It’s open to the public most days so I popped in on a sunny spring day.

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There was a musical quartet playing some classical music when I went in, below.  They looked like schoolkids to me, and their playing was really good.

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The bright sunny day meant the stained-glass windows cast a terrific coloured light all through one side of the cathedral.  the bright colours were crying out to be photographed, but this actually proved to be quite difficult.  The one below is the best shot I managed.

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Looks very much like a Napoleonic eagle, above, but the area was roped off so I couldn’t get a good look.

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A wee crowd of tourists started to gather to listen to the music.  Very atmospheric it was too.

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Tourists and angels.

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The cathedral is the resting place of one of my favourite authors, Robert Louis Stevenson.  He of Treasure Island, Jekyll & Hyde and Kidnapped fame.  Above the memorial it reads…

“Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere.  Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.  Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.  Bless us if it may be in all our innocent endeavours.  If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come.  That we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.”

 

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One Response to St Giles’ Cathedral

  1. Debbie says:

    Absolutely beautiful photographs Danny, the colours are amazing. I’ve never been to this particular cathedral and you have shown me how much I’ve been missing. Keep up the good work.

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