Monday, December 19, 2011

The Thistle Chapel, Edinburgh

The Thistle Chapel is located in St. Gile's Cathedral, The High Kirk of Edinburgh. The Chapel was designed by Robert Lorimer and was finalised in 1911. It contains stalls for the 16 knights, the Sovereign's stall and two Royal stalls. A wealth of detail is evident within the small chapel, emphasising the Scottish style and peculiarities, for example angels playing bagpipes and the Scottish flag is located all around.  

The chapel is a rectangle of 3 bays, with a polygonal eastern apse and a stone vault encrusted with a rich pattern of ribs and carved bosses. 

Along the sides of the chapel are the knights' stalls; the richest one of course being the one reserved for the Sovereign's stall at the west end of the chapel. 

The Thistle Chapel was inspired by the Order of the Thistle, which is Scotland's great order of chivalry. Membership within this group is considered to be one of Scotland's highest honours. The Order is traditionally given to Scots or people of Sottish ancestry, who have given distinguished service. 

The Order of the Thistle has existed since the Middle Ages, however the current order was created in 1687 by King James VII of Scotland (King James II of England). 

1 comment:

  1. One of the most remarkable places in Edinburgh, it is definitely worth seeing. I highly recommend it to everyone.