Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rosslyn Chapel

July 17

The weather forecast predicted rain today although it can always rain in Scotland, kind of like spring in Oregon. We decided to take the bus to Roslin, just south of town. There we visited the Rosslyn Chapel, a late Gothic church built in 1484 that is steeped in legend. They are in the process of restoring it and won’t allow pictures inside, so I don’t have much to show. This is the chapel featured in the Da Vinci Code. It was very interesting to hear about all the history and legends about the Knights Templar, the Apprentice Pillar, and the Holy Grail.

A stained glass window from the outside of the church. We did get to walk up on some scaffolding which allowed a close up view of several windows and the flying buttresses.

It has carvings covering every inch of the ceiling and walls (no wonder it took them 40 years to build it). Amazing!

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