Edinburgh Castle - Great Hall, Small Chapel

Interior with curved Norman arch of the chapel. The interior of the diminutive St. Margaret's Chapel in Edinburgh Castle. It is indeed small having a nave of some 10 feet (3 metres) by 16 feet (5 metres), plus the apse at the east end This page has some photographs from within two buildings inside the castle: the Great Hall and St. Margaret's Chapel. Most of the buildings are naturally concerned with military aspects of the Castle's life, these find it difficult to provoke this photographer's interest. But Edinburgh Castle has had many lives and was often the home of the governing royal family. Lower down this page are photographs of the Grand Hall, a facility appropriate to such an establishment as this. The Christian nature of the culture has also meant that there has been a chapel on this hill from as far back as records exist. The present building dates from the middle of the twelfth century and offers a gentle counterpoint to the surrounding pageantry. Details of historic sites in Scotland are gathered together by
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Buildings with extensive rockery in the foreground. The chapel from the south side, with the curved reservoir at the left and, between, the open arms of the doors inviting you to enter the (unavoidable) whisky experience The end of the chapel framed in the gateway. Looking up through Foog's Gate at the Chapel. Foog it is (maybe flippantly) suggested, might come from the foggy outlook that the castle often offers Looking up at the end wall of the Chapel clearly sitting on bedrock. The north end of the Chapel which sits at the highest point of the Castle rock. That rock is seen here as the Chapel's sure foundation The Chapel and the resevoir. The south end of the Chapel with the extensive reservoir buildings to the left Looking into the apse of the Chapel. The apse at the east end of the Chapel Door with metal studs. The Chapel door, of what (following the reformation) became an explosives store, it was reconstructed as a chapel in the 1800s Looking out of door to distance, large cannon in foreground. Mons Meg, stands just outside the door Courtyard of buildings with slim tower at centre. The Royal Palace appropriately fronts Crown Square, the Great Hall is to its right. The Scottish National War Museum is up steps, behind to the left View bewteen two buildings. The narrow gap into Crown Square through which an average of 8,000 visitors squeeze daily in summer Queen Anne building on Crown Square. The Queen Anne Building, on Crown Square, was constructed in 1708 and used as officers' quarters The Great Hall building on the Crown Square. The Great Hall, on Crown Square, links the Royal Palace (to the left) and the Queen Anne building (to the right) The Hall with its wooden panels. The west end of the Great Hall. It was built as a show piece in 1511, and then converted by Cromwell to a barracks in 1650. What you see is an entirely Victorian idea of Gothic splendour which was the result of remodelling in 1890 Section of wood panelled wall with display of items attached to it. The display of swords, pikes and armour on the north wall of the Great Hall and... General view of the east end of the Hall. ...at the east end the fireplace, very much
a Victorian conception
The massive hooded fireplace at the east end of the Hall. The fireplace seems to have been modelled on that in Borthwick Castle by the Victorian restorer of the Hall, the Edinburgh architect Hyppolyte Blanc. As Historic Scotland notes there is nothing in the Hall now that its creator James IV would recognise, except the roof beams Looking up at the roof beams of the ceiling of the Hall. The hammer-beam roof and its supports are the only part of the Hall that is original A full suit of armour with avery long lance on a pedestal. Armour suits as they were in use at the time the Hall was built James VI's coat of arms. The coat of arms of James VI of Scotland and I of England Window with panelling and two bench seats. One of the eight windows on the south wall which had been added by 1885, and which were given this Gothic look in 1889 The Laich Hall with its large fireplace surmounted by the royal coat of arms. The Laich Hall was remodelled as a dining room for James IV in 1617 and so became known as the King's Dining Room. It has been thoroughly and carefully restored in recent years Trailers... Fountain with statues and castle above. The next page in Picture Posting is about Edinburgh's Princes Street and its gardens. Man looking at board with markings. The next page of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Logograms'.
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