Churches of Edinburgh
Series: Churches of ...
- Brian King
15th May 2023
Edinburgh was founded as a Royal Burgh by King David I in the early 12th century though there had been a settlement on what became the castle rock for centuries before that. King David is also thought to be responsible for the city’s oldest building, a chapel built in honour of his mother, Queen Margaret, who was later declared a saint.
Churches of Edinburgh looks at the city’s churches from this earliest surviving example to the award-winning Chapel of Saint Albert the Great opened some 900 years later, telling their stories, discussing their architecture and pointing out their notable features as well as outlining the important part that some of Edinburgh’s churches have played in major events in Scottish history such as the Reformation or the National Covenant.
The churches featured include, among many others, the ruined 13th century Abbey that was once a meeting place for the Scottish Parliament, the church that retains a seat for Queen Victoria and the one that has its own canal boat. There is also the story of the fifteenth century church that was demolished in 1848 but was later partially rebuilt elsewhere and that of the important artworks that lie hidden beneath the paintwork of another city church.
This fascinating picture of an important part of the history of Edinburgh and Scotland over the centuries will be of interest to all those who live in or are visiting Scotland’s capital city.