Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel

January 16, 2009 § 4 Comments

I believe my next post will be non-Europe trip related, but here’s one more for now.

Our first port of call on our cruise was Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh is a wealthy (read: expensive) banking city,  the capital of Scotland. Current residents include J.K. Rowling and Sean Connery. Like most of Europe, the history represented by its architectural and cultural landscape puts North America to shame. We only viewed a small portion of Edinburgh on our way to Rosslyn Chapel.

Driving through Edinburgh

Driving through Edinburgh

Scott Monument built in honor of author Sir Walter Scott

Scott Monument built in honor of author Sir Walter Scott

Driving from Edinburgh to Rosslyn Chapel was beautiful. Here is a picture of the fields of canola (of canola oil fame) we saw.

Canola Fields

Canola Fields

If you read or saw Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, you may remember Rosslyn Chapel as the chapel at the end of the book where Sophie and Robert find what they are looking for “under the stars”. It is also where Sophie’s ancestry is revealed.

The chapel, not surprisingly, does not look much like the movie depicted. It is in deteriorating condition and covered by a scaffolded “umbrella” to protect the entire structure from rain. The interior is small and cold with intricate carvings and the legendary 18th century Apprentice Pillar (the subject of its own grisly story). Photography was not allowed inside the chapel, but here are two of the outside (including the scaffolding).

Near the entrance to Rosslyn Chapel

Near the entrance to Rosslyn Chapel


Finally, a shot of some of the luxurious wool items. I bought two cashmere scarves.


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§ 4 Responses to Edinburgh & Rosslyn Chapel

  • dee says:

    omg. i’m having conniptions. dude. omg. the inner historian in me is squeeing like a 6 year old girl watching the teletubbies in concert.

    yea. i’m nuts like that.

  • elizabethlacy says:

    Feel free to point out corrections or add anything! This is all based on what I vaguely remember from the tours and what I can scrounge up on the internet. :)

  • Chuck says:

    OMG, this makes me travel sick (as opposed to home sick)…ah, to go travel again. Sigh. It looks like you had a great time. :) Thanks for sharing.

  • tracy1782 says:

    Love your pics of Rosslyn!

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