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Magdalen Chapel

Magdalene Chapel 41 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
+44 131 220 1450
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A little known part of Edinburgh history

Be aware that the Chapel is only open certain days. It is a small chapel built in the mid 16th... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Charles R
Excellent attraction that is easy to miss

The chapel is somewhat out of the way but is well worth the trouble of finding it's location. It is... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
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Magdalene Chapel 41 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JR, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Be aware that the Chapel is only open certain days. It is a small chapel built in the mid 16th century to pray for the soul of Mary Queen of Scots and to provide a chapel for the Hammermen, one of the original guilds that...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

The chapel is somewhat out of the way but is well worth the trouble of finding it's location. It is only open on certain days so check availability. Others have written more fully on the chapel, suffice it to say that it is definitely a...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

If around the Cowgate area of town then this is a must see. Don't be fouled by the front. The chapel is a marvel of history inside. Centred around The Scottish Reformation. Please check times as only open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Reviewed 14 May 2015

Visiting this is a MUST for anybody interested in church history. It was built in the 1540s (before the Reformation). It may have been the venue for the first General Assembly of the reformed Church of Scotland in December 1560, and was certainly the venue...More

3  Thank Alesius1
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

The wood work is amazing and history is engraved everywhere, worth a 30 minute visit at least. Best to pre-arrange. I went on a Door Open Day and there was a guide.

3  Thank NealeGEdinburgh
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Very small and at one time entry was restricted. (Has this changed?) However it does have the only surviving pre-Reformation glass in Edinburgh. It also has "The Blue Blanket" - the battle standard of the Edinburgh Tradesmen. Short visit only.

3  Thank Charlie H
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

The Magdalen Church sits below the George IV Bridge on the famous Cowgate. The imposing church looms right over the footpath. The small street and the proximity of the church make for a fantastic atmosphere, gloomy and foreboding somehow. Well worth a look.

4  Thank Fiver75
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

This historic meeting house was the place John Knox preached when he established the Reformation in Scotland. It also was the first meeting place of the first Methodist, Baptist, and other Christian assemblies in Scotland. It has the only pre-Reformation stained glass remaining in Scotland....More

4  Thank Awarely
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