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The Thistle Chapel

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Scotland Ceiling Architecture Religion Christianity Chivalry Thistle chapel High kirk St giles cathedral

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andy210966 13 4 119 Wales
29 Mar 2010 3:51PM
Quite a stunner this one Sarah! Beautifully taken shot!

29 Mar 2010 4:17PM
Beautiful image Sarah - wonderful detail !

12 10 10 England
29 Mar 2010 4:27PM
Beautifully taken image.
User_Removed 13 31 2 England
29 Mar 2010 4:34PM
Gorgeous ceiling great colours and texture.

Richsr 14 91 223 England
29 Mar 2010 4:55PM
Great detail in this one Sarah - well seen and captured.
Regards Richard
MilanaG 15 Bulgaria
29 Mar 2010 5:10PM interesting detail...well taken and thanks for the information...
DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
29 Mar 2010 5:18PM
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
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
29 Mar 2010 5:32PM
you are an expert of detail and close up comps.lesley
Sue_R 15 11 6 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 5:43PM
Amazing architecture! From the thumb I thought it was shells and jewels Smile Makes a great abstract Smile

Sue Smile
29 Mar 2010 7:10PM
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
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 7:12PM
fantastic colours and detail nice one Wink
29 Mar 2010 7:15PM
Pretty spectacular - need to be seen big.

Iain_Proudfoot 14 40 2 Ireland
29 Mar 2010 7:17PM
A grand photograph.

Regards, Iain.
dathersmith 14 565 12 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 7:38PM
Needs to be viewed large Sarah for the detail.

C_Daniels 16 399 10 England
29 Mar 2010 7:48PM
Amazing amount of effort and detail in there, well seen and captured,
colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
29 Mar 2010 7:56PM

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


Agreed ... Colin
29 Mar 2010 8:50PM
Brilliant very well captured.
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
29 Mar 2010 9:31PM
Wow you have nailed the detail in this one Sarah

DiegoDesigns 15 117 6 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2010 9:41PM
What an extraordinary sight Sarah, interesting write-up too... Dave
Sezz 16 619 15 England
29 Mar 2010 11:18PM
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
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
30 Mar 2010 7:10AM
Jeweled ceilng Sarah. Ron.
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 11:16AM
Amazing ceiling, wonderful detail and interesting write up.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 1:13PM
Fabulous piccy and a big thanks for the writeup
Stace Plus
13 2 2 England
30 Mar 2010 1:19PM
Great image and write up Sarah

dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2010 3:01PM
large is wonderful with fine detail Sarah.

Cor 12 Belgium
30 Mar 2010 3:08PM
30 Mar 2010 4:04PM
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
30 Mar 2010 4:38PM
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
Sezz 16 619 15 England
30 Mar 2010 4:55PM
My thanks for your time and kind comments Smile

Sarah x
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
30 Mar 2010 5:42PM
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
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
30 Mar 2010 7:54PM
a wow shot for sure. The composition with the symmetry is perfect
John_Horner 15 12 2 England
30 Mar 2010 9:30PM
Very detailed Sarah. Great image and so well captured.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
30 Mar 2010 10:26PM
Thank you gentlemen and to those who clicked also - appreciated Smile

Sarah x
mark1309 14 13 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2010 9:56AM
Beautiful, well captured Sarah,
Sezz 16 619 15 England
31 Mar 2010 2:40PM
Ta very much Mark Smile

Sarah x
backbeat Plus
15 134 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2010 9:25PM

SueTurner 16 81 3 England
6 Apr 2010 2:11PM
class shot
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
25 Apr 2010 7:46PM
Wonderful architectural detail in this first class image
dwilkin 14 24.3k United Kingdom
15 Oct 2010 9:44AM
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...
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 5:56PM
Amazing capture. I'm in awe! I shall delete my attempts at this ceiling immediately!

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