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Saint Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Contact: +44 131 225 9442
Open Hours: May-Sep: M-F 9a-7p, Sa 9a-5p, Su 1p-5p; Oct-Apr: M-Sa 9a-5p, Su 1p-5p
Although there has been a church on this site since CE 1854, the earliest remains to be found in St Giles' Cathedral are four pillars which date from about CE 1120. In CE 1385 the church was destroyed by an English army but soon afterward rebuilt in greater splendor. In CE 1460 the roof was raised and the main body of the church extended eastwards. The intricate spire was completed in CE 1495 and St Giles' was declared a Presbyterian cathedral. The Chapel of the Knights of the Thistle, built in 1911 for the Order of the Thistle, is particularly beautiful: each Knight's stall is carved in wood with an impressively intricate touch.