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Rosslyn Chapel

Overview

Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most famous religious sites of Scotland, made even more famous in the past few years by the Da Vinci Code novel from Dan Brown and movie with Tom Hanks. Rosslyn Chapel is an architectural wonder: although it was never completely finished, it has impressive features such as a sculptured ceiling of stars, roses and a dove with an olive branch ( a symbol of the Knights Templar). The skill and art in the stone carvings is amazing and evidence of a tremendous craft that has now been lost.

Rosslyn chapel is actually quite modest in size, but so full of finely detailed stonework that you can easily spend an hour just enjoying the tour and admiring the intricate stonework. The highlight of the chapel, in terms of stone masonry, is the famous "Prentice Pillar". Legend has it that the pillar was carved by an apprentice stonemason while the master mason was away. When the master mason saw the pillar, he realised the skill of the apprentice far exceeded his own and would be a threat to his position. Consequently, he killed him with a blow from a mallet. It is just a legend and we've not heard any other evidence to support the story.

Tours of the chapel are conducted in English and are entertaining. You will learn about how Rosslyn chapel was started in 1446, how it escaped the destruction of the Protestant reformation and you will be shown some of the curious carvings and masonic symbols around the chapel. The guides also explain a little about the use of the chapel in the filming of the Da Vinci Code, but the tours do not play too heavily on this connection.

We found Rosslyn chapel to be genuinely fascinating, but visitors without a good understanding of English may not get so much from the tour which is largely reliant on the guide's commentary.

Rosslyn Chapel can be visited by bus by taking the No.37 "via Roslin" service from St Andrews Square Bus Station in the city centre. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

Photography is nor permitted inside the chapel. We took these pictures before the chapel was made famous by the Da Vinci Code.

Address:

Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9PU, 0131 440 2159

Operated by:

Independent

Opening Hours:

All year (except Christmas and New Year holidays) Mon - Sat: 09.30 to 17:00 / Sunday 12:00 - 16:45 During June to August - Mon - Sat: 09:30 to 18:00 / Sunday 12:00 - 16:45 Last entry 30 mins before closing time.

Admission:

£ 9 adult, £ 7 concession, FREE entry for Under 18's with an accompanying adult

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English

Accessibility:

Yes

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

Yes - at the visitor centre, plus several restaurants nearby in the village.

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