St Giles Cathedral
About St Giles Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland’s chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).
There is record of a parish church in Edinburgh by the year 854, served by a vicar from a monastic house, probably in England. It is possible that the first church, a modest affair, was in use for several centuries before it was formally dedicated by the bishop of St Andrews on 6 October 1243. The parish church of Edinburgh was subsequently reconsecrated and named in honour of the patron saint of the town, St Giles, whose feast day is celebrated on 1 September.
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Upcoming Events at St Giles Cathedral
12th November 2021
Enjoy Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight performed by London Concertante, one of the finest groups in Europe, at St Giles' Cathedral on 12th November!
19th November 2021
Join the stunning musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta, featuring soloist Warren Mailley-Smith (piano), for a magical, candlelit evening in Edinburgh's St Giles Cathedral!
3rd December 2021
Join London Concertante for Christmas Baroque by Candlelight in the gorgeous setting of St Giles' Cathedral on 3rd December!
10th December 2021
Enjoy a fabulous night of music as the London Concertante bring you 'Viennese Christmas by Candlelight' at St Giles' Cathedral on 10th December!
15th December 2021
Treat yourself to a Christmas Special as the walls of St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh resound to the music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Mozart, performed by the Piccadilly Sinfonie!
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