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St Giles’ Cathedral

St Gile's CathedralThis is the west facade of St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.  It is an impressive structure nestled among the smaller buildings of Old Town.  The main part of this Cathedral was built somewhere between 1100 and 1200 AD.  Although, early on it did burn once and was rebuilt.  The Steeple can be seen from almost anywhere along the Royal Mile and was nice to use as a navigating point (as I found it easy to wander off and get lost while investigating all the little old shops!).

Interior view of a Chapel of St Giles' CathedralThis second picture is from inside the Cathedral, shot from the main area down one of several Chapels (or Aisles).  It’s an HDR shot, so it is made up of 3 shots, each separated by 2 stops.  The difficulty of this shot were two fold.  You had to purchase a pass to shoot photography inside the Cathedral and you weren’t allowed to use a tripod.  (Although, sneaky NAPP Photographer, Matt Kloskowski got away with it!).  These Chapels were added to the main structure over the centuries.  In the 1800’s, the Cathedral was renovated and some of the Chapels were removed ‘to make the structure more esthetically appealing’.  The stain glass windows were added later, as the original windows were a glazed, gray glass.  As one would expect in a Cathedral, many of them depict a scene from the Bible.  You can see larger versions of both pictures by clicking on them.  Be aware though, that this will take you to my Smugmug site to view them.

To give you a little more flavor of the types of store fronts one can visit along the Royal Mile, I’ve included the shot below.  Pictured on the right in the photo are my wife and brother-in-law.

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