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Church of St John the Evangelist

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Princes Street and Gardens
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Address: Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ, Scotland
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It is in one of the corners of the Princess Street Gardens - the building is wonderful and you can participate in one of the services if you want.

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Piratininga, SP
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Piratininga, SP
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

It is in one of the corners of the Princess Street Gardens - the building is wonderful and you can participate in one of the services if you want.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

One thing I really loved about Edinburgh on my last visit was the architecture and old charm of the city. This church just added to that feeling around the way, I took a walk up Calton hill while I was here, and enjoyed the cities panoramic scape from up there, which John the evangelist church adding to my enjoyment of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

The Church of St John the Evangelist is worth the visit just for the beautiful architecture of the building. Take a good look at the structure especially the wonderful stained glass windows.

Thank Bruce H
Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

The beautiful Scottish Anglican church is located at the west end of Princes street and is beside the ancient St Cuthberts Presbyterian church. This lovely regency church was dedicated in 1818 and has a spectacular ceiling of faux plaster Gothic groins modeled on the Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey. The architect William Burn was only 25 when he designed... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

My wife and I were staying at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian in August. The hotel had assigned us to a castle-view room. Looking out our window, we could plainly see the castle and St. John the Evangelist Church. The church's architecture was beautiful and intriguing, so we walked over to take a look. The church was dedicated in 1818 as... More 

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Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

My wife and I passed this church and entered it. We were surprised by the high quality of the stained glass windows, with very good colors. This is a must see in our eyes.

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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful house of worship. Incredible that it costs £1000 a day to run this building. It's festival season and today we're waiting to watch Time for Change by the Manchester International Roots Orchestra. We've already seen a variety of multi cultural acts but none that were an orchestra. This building is divine and absolutely stunning to the eyes.... More 

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Umea, Sweden
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Attending the even song is probably the best way to see a church. Not only do you get to see the church but you also become part of what it's there for, whether you are a believer or not. This is true for St John's too. Take your time to watch the beautiful winows, the are resplendent.

Thank Robert D
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

This Episcopal church with tower was built in 1818 and is located at the west end of Princes Street in the center of Edinburgh. The nicely decorated interior has a beautiful vaulted six bay nave with flanking aisles divided by high arched pilasters and stunning glass-stained windows made by James Ballantine from 1857-61. The other striking feature is the complex... More 

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Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Really nice interior, impressive windows filtering the light. It is on princes Street, so easy to find.

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Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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