I could talk for hours about the colors of Scotland, the kindness and the friendliness of the Scots, the thrill of driving in the middle of the Highlands and see open up in front of you breathtaking views, wild and totally unexpected.
I could, but it wouldn't return nothing about it and it wouldn't make justice to those wonderful places.
I could, but it is not the goal of my blog and therefore I will continue on my way and I'll talk about something more simple to report of my trip to Scotland and more relevant to my work.
During my two-day stay in Edinburgh I have been like any other tourist, visiting any place recommended by our (printed) guide.
As often happens in unorganized trips, plans were, in part, altered and lack of time forced me and my partner in crime to fall back on an unscheduled visit to the cathedral of St. Giles insted of visit the Rosslyn Chapel.
Anyone who's been in Edinburgh will probably ask how it can be considered a last resort, but we were leaving with false and misleading information provided by our guide, who described the cathedral as a must see, but "without any magnificence."
Now, normally if i found this type of definition, i would skip the visit and I would go further, but despite not being a believer, churches, cathedrals and shrines have always held a particular fascination on me because of strong mysticism and the strong symbolism often present in them.
And St. Giles is an overwhelming example.
Built on the remains of a ninth-century structure, the building has undergone several changes and style changes.
Around 1126 its shape was Norman-Romanesque, but was later revised by the Gothic and still retains the tower of the fifteenth century.
Four centuries later, the exterior was covered with layers of smooth stone characterized by Georgian.
In the inside just chairs which are imprinted with the effigy of the Saltire, the flag of Scotland. No benches, as dictated by the Presbyterian confession, which is born in this place.
Within the walls of St Giles, in fact, John Knox, of whom you will find a statue inside the cathedral, promulgated the Reformation that would forever changed the religion of the nation.
The nineteenth renovations introduced the polychrome pre-raphealites glazeds.
The most beautiful, located in the north aisle, next to the Knox's sculpture, designed by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, portrays the prophets of the Old Testament, the Israelites across the Jordan.
A little farther at West there is the glazed dedicated in 1985 to Robert Burns, the poet of Scotland.
Down the aisle at East lies the tomb of the Marquis of Montrose: the commander of the army of Charles I was executed in 1650 then rehabilitated and buried here during the Restoration.
On the opposite side, there is the monument to the Eighth Earl of Argyll, the Marquis enemy, killed for treason after the rehabilitation of Montrose.
At the bottom of the Cathedral, at South-East, there's the Thistle Chapel.
Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1911, it's the private place of the sixteen riders of the Scottish National Order, The Most Noble Order of the Thistle.
The structure has a ribbed vault pendants with large indentations.
I have come to this church with a few (or low) expectations, and i left it completely fascinated and hypnotized,
so now I leave you the pictures to judge ...

L.

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