Anyone who knows Edinburgh will know St Giles’. Plonked in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town, this 14th century church is one of the city’s many architectural wonders. Eight magnificent flying buttresses support the tall central spire, topped by a golden weathercock, turning in the Scottish wind and catching the light of the sun.
Since it was built, the cathedral has been a stage for history, from riots and rebellions to age-long religious strife. It’s been called the Westminster Abbey of Scotland, and it’s easy to see why: not just because of its imposing façade, but because of the many memorials it houses – including shrines to Robert Louis Stevenson and to the Reformation leader John Knox. Once upon a time, the cathedral was home to the arm bone of St Giles, though the relic vanished during the Reformation. It’s location continues to be a mystery today.
This design shows the imposing west front of St Giles, with its sturdy ashlar stone façade soaked in orange light. And looming behind is the crown steeple, one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks. Go on: let St Giles capture your heart again with this stunning tea towel!