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The Thistle Chapel inside St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh - the detail on the ceiling really is quite beautiful!

The Thistle chapel was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer who was subsequently created a Knight Bachelor. It was designed in the style of high Gothic architecture of the 15th century, and the chapel and its anti chapel celebrate the three themes, Christianity, Scotland, and Chivalry. This chapel came about in 1905 after Ronald the Earl of Leven and Melville, and newly appointed Knight of the Thistle, wanted to fund the building of a Chapel of the Thistle, which was to become the spiritual home of Scotlands order of chivalry. He tried to get it built at Holyrood which failed, but after his death his sons proposed to fund the building of the chapel at St. Giles.

Permission was granted, and from 1909-1911 the building of the Thistle Chapel commenced. You can see to this day the arms of Leven and Melville next to the door of the chapel in Ronalds memory. To get to the chapel you must first pass through a preserved 15th door arch and into the anti chapel where the names of the Monarchs and Knights from when King James the seventh ruled until the building of the chapel adorn the walls. Above on the ceiling can be seen fifty seven carved stone bosses, which provide only a taste of what is to come for in the main chapel there are ninety eight stone carved bosses and a further fourteen at the edge of the ceiling. Within the chapel are nineteen stalls the pinnacles displaying the crests of the present members, two royal stalls and the tallest and grandest which is the sovereigns stall. Built entirely out of Scottish materials the only additions to the furnishings since it was built are the holy table and cross.

Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome
Regards - Sarah J x

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Title:The Thistle Chapel
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:29 Mar 2010 - 3:46 PM
Tags:Architecture, Ceiling, Chivalry, Christianity, High kirk, Religion, Scotland, St giles cathedral, Thistle chapel
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andy210966
29 Mar 2010 - 3:51 PM

Quite a stunner this one Sarah! Beautifully taken shot!

Andy

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Beautiful image Sarah - wonderful detail !

Chris

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EMJAYCEE
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29 Mar 2010 - 4:27 PM

Beautifully taken image.
Joan.

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User_Removed
29 Mar 2010 - 4:34 PM

Gorgeous ceiling great colours and texture.


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Richsr
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29 Mar 2010 - 4:55 PM

Great detail in this one Sarah - well seen and captured.
Regards Richard

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MilanaG  8 Bulgaria
29 Mar 2010 - 5:10 PM

...an interesting detail...well taken and thanks for the information...
Milena

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DOGSBODY
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29 Mar 2010 - 5:18 PM

There is some wonderful craftsmanship inside our churches and cathedrals as demonstrated here. I often refer to them as the Peoples' Palaces. Nice work. Andy

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cassiecat
cassiecat  539 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 5:32 PM

you are an expert of detail and close up comps.lesley

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Sue_R
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29 Mar 2010 - 5:43 PM

Amazing architecture! From the thumb I thought it was shells and jewels Smile Makes a great abstract Smile

Sue Smile

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lifesnapper
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29 Mar 2010 - 7:10 PM

Wow, what a piece of art work Sarah, the sort of thing that just makes you stand and wonder. Very nicely taken shot.

John Smile

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29 Mar 2010 - 7:12 PM

fantastic colours and detail nice one Wink
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MichaelBHanney
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29 Mar 2010 - 7:15 PM

Pretty spectacular - need to be seen big.

Michael

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Iain_Proudfoot
29 Mar 2010 - 7:17 PM

A grand photograph.

Regards, Iain.

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dathersmith
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29 Mar 2010 - 7:38 PM

Needs to be viewed large Sarah for the detail.

Darren.

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C_Daniels
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29 Mar 2010 - 7:48 PM

Amazing amount of effort and detail in there, well seen and captured,

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colmar  642 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 7:56 PM


Quote: Quite a stunner this one Sarah! Beautifully taken shot!

Andy

Agreed ... Colin

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willgriffiths
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29 Mar 2010 - 8:50 PM

Brilliant very well captured.
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Briwooly
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29 Mar 2010 - 9:31 PM

Wow you have nailed the detail in this one Sarah

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DiegoDesigns
29 Mar 2010 - 9:41 PM

What an extraordinary sight Sarah, interesting write-up too... Dave

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 11:18 PM

Thank you all very much, your comments are always appreciated! The chapel really is beautiful, a must see if you're in Edinburgh Smile

Sarah x

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30 Mar 2010 - 7:10 AM

Jeweled ceilng Sarah. Ron.

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morpheus1955
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30 Mar 2010 - 11:16 AM

Amazing ceiling, wonderful detail and interesting write up.

Hugh

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30 Mar 2010 - 1:13 PM

Fabulous piccy and a big thanks for the writeup

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30 Mar 2010 - 1:19 PM

Great image and write up Sarah

Stace

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dmhuynh72
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30 Mar 2010 - 3:01 PM

large is wonderful with fine detail Sarah.

regards
Yung

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Cor  5 Belgium
30 Mar 2010 - 3:08 PM

Superb!
cor

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Hairy_Tangerine

Stunning.....

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30 Mar 2010 - 4:38 PM

Definitely one to be viewed large. It certainly is very beautiful, Sarah, and very nicely captured and processed, too, and an interesting write-up.
TrevB Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 4:55 PM

My thanks for your time and kind comments Smile

Sarah x

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JJGEE  96097 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 5:42 PM

I am torn between two thoughts with this one.

Stepping back a little I am seeing a nice "pattern" image ( B&W conversion ? ) but the hint of finer details & colour of the thistles is enticing me to look closer at the intricate work.

Unfortunately even viewing "Large" I still cannot see that which is attracting me.

So, overall I am therefore undecided on this one, but do like the idea behind it & the composition. Smile

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User_Removed
30 Mar 2010 - 7:54 PM

a wow shot for sure. The composition with the symmetry is perfect

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30 Mar 2010 - 9:30 PM

Very detailed Sarah. Great image and so well captured.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 10:26 PM

Thank you gentlemen and to those who clicked also - appreciated Smile

Sarah x

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mark1309  7 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 - 9:56 AM

Beautiful, well captured Sarah,
Mark.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2010 - 2:40 PM

Ta very much Mark Smile

Sarah x

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1 Apr 2010 - 9:25 PM

WOW...stunning!

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SueTurner
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6 Apr 2010 - 2:11 PM

class shot

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25 Apr 2010 - 7:46 PM

Wonderful architectural detail in this first class image

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dwilkin
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15 Oct 2010 - 9:44 AM

Excellent shot - looking forward to seeing it 'in the flesh' so to speak. One questioin for you - the left, centre boss - is that a pelican? I'm collecting cathedral pelicans, ATM...

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 - 5:56 PM

Amazing capture. I'm in awe! I shall delete my attempts at this ceiling immediately!

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