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.
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