High Street, Royal Mile

The most important church in Edinburgh is St Giles’ Cathedral which is more commonly known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. It was founded in 1120 and is renowned for its hollow-crown tower. Today, it is considered as the mother of Presbyterianism.

The stained glass windows which date back to 1870 are one of the most striking features within the building, along with the 200 mausoleums and memorials dedicated to Scottish soldiers which lost their lives fighting for their nation. Thistle Chapel is another interesting aspect in the church, famous for its wood craved features.

Edinburgh Guide | Historical Buildings in Edinburgh