02 October 2013
St. Giles High Kirk
The past week has just spun by! It's almost unbelievable that it's already Wednesday. The weekend consisted of amazing weather and even the last couple of days, though windy, were still sunny and comfortable. It's a good gauge of the weather when you have the option of sitting inside or outside at a cafe and even on the first of October, want to sit outside.
Over the weekend I made a quick stop at St. Giles, the cathedral on the Royal Mile. As I've already started to take its hulking shape for granted since I walk by it numerous times every day, I wanted to get inside and explore all of its chapels and side aisles. And my, are there a lot. I thought it was best described in one of the texts for my Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Architecture class that since Scottish communities generally only had one church, the additions of chapels and additional aisles with numerous little altars and tacked-on spaces caused it them to sprawl "crablike" (Scottish Architecture by Glendinning and MacKechnie, Thames & Hudson, 2004). Crablike is right. The aisles and chapels seem to sprawl on and on. Around every corner there seems to be another altar, another pulpit.
I'm glad I stopped in. :) Definitely recommended if you find yourself in Old Town Edinburgh at some point. It's free entry!