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Friday Photo: St Cuthberts Church

St Johns & St Cuthberts Churches

Have you ever noticed how many churches there are in Edinburgh? If not I’ll give you a clue, there are loads!

The good god fearing folk of Edinburgh have very much been church goers over time (especially in Victorian times, judging by the age of many of the buildings), and whilst many have lapsed into other usage now (everything from bars and casinos to office space – and Fringe venues, of course) there are still a large number that retain their original purpose, including the two in today’s Friday Photo – St Cuthberts and St Johns.

Our two saints dominate the western end of Princes Street and the Gardens, taking up the end of the thoroughfare and the start of Lothian Road. St Johns is more well known, being on Street Level, but the slightly hidden St Cuthbers Church is – to me at least – much more impressive. Sunken down in the end of Princes Street Garden, its bell tower and the rounded apse given it a very distinctive look, feeling much more rural in its tree-lined graveyard than its central location should. With ten bells in its tour, St Cuthberts has quite the distinctive sound and is especially popular for weddings in the summer.

The photo we have looks down on the churches and the West End from the north-western battlements of Edinburgh Castle (we took a sneaky photo whilst touring the set up of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert last weekend).

Whatever you are planning, have a great weekend. Remember, to keep up with the latest news and photos you can follow Edinburgh Editor on Twitter!

St Johns & St Cuthberts Churches


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