Monday, 27 October 2014

Visit to Roslyn

Several weeks ago our Church took a visit to Roslyn Chapel, just outside Edinburgh. It was the first time I have been there, but a fascinating place.

 In 1446 Sir William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney, founded Rosslyn Chapel. It is thought that the village of Roslyn grew up to house them. The chapel took 40 years to build. It is thought that it was originally intended to be part of a cruciform building, but William died in 1484 and building stopped.

Virtually every surface is covered with detailed and elaborate carvings of figures and scenes.

Roslyn Chapel is the setting for part of Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code. When the book became a best seller it caused an unprecedented rise in the number of visitors to the chapel, which still continues today.

Roslyn has always had a bit of a mysterious side to it, and legends associated with it. You are not allowed to take photographs inside the chapel, so I had to content myself with the outside of it.

If you are ever in the area then I recommend you visit it.

1 comment:

magsmcc said...

Oh it is lovely to see photos of the chapel- I only know it from the book! I'd love to see inside one day.

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