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Rosslyn Chapel

Visit Rosslyn Chapel where the Da Vinci Code was filmed.

 

Practically every surface of the Chapel is covered with carvings of individual figures and scenes. People travel from all over the world to see the carvings, and there are many different interpretations of their meanings. Myths, legends and Hollywood fiction writing have given Rosslyn a unique sense of mystery and wonder.

Rosslyn Chapel has stood on this site for well over 550 years – a great tribute to the skills and craftsmanship of its original builders. The single most important factor contributing to that survival has been the fact that none of the original construction used timber – everything was built and carved in stone. Nevertheless, centuries of sitting exposed to the Scottish weather on the edge of a hill has had an impact and it was recognised by the Trust many years ago that repair and conservation work was essential to ensure the long term integrity of the building and its survival throughout another century and beyond.

In the late 1990s it was resolved that the cold, damp interior of the Chapel – a situation which had prevailed for centuries – must be addressed. The stone was saturated resulting in heavy algae growth within the Chapel, the underside of the nave roof being green rather than stone-coloured. The original stone had become porous and saturated, the rainwater disposal system was ineffective (and indeed contributing positively to the saturation) and there was no effective heating in the building.

courtesy of www. rosslynchapel.com

The guides on hand are very well informed and will make the carvings come to life. The visitor centre itself also has fantastic interactive displays for both adults and children. The internal carvings and stonework are some of the most fascinating to be found and this little chapel open every day of the year excepting Christmas and New Year is very well worth a visit.

There is also a lovely restaurant which serves local homemade produce to round off the visit.

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