Rosslyn Chapel

4 July, 2012 – 3:29 pm

This amazing building had it’s foundations laid in 1446  it wasn’t finished to the imagination of it’s founder Sir William of St Clair,  sadly his sons didn’t have the same vision as their father so the large cruciform building was never realised.

It was finished after he died in 1484 and this is what we can visit today. The elaborate carvings are the work of masons from around the world so there are carvings of monkeys, camels and elephants. There are carvings of plants found only in Canada and Africa!

Please visit this website for more information.

Unfortunately I could only take photos on the outside so I did some sketching inside, I could have spent all day there. There is so much to see and the elaborate carvings of foliage animals and figures were to represent paradise on Earth.

The carvings around the outside are very ornate and beautiful and the scaffolding is due to come down in December 2012. So the whole building will be visible-I’m definately going back.




  1. 3 Responses to “Rosslyn Chapel”

  2. It’s on my ‘to visit’ list if I’m ever up that way. Amazing looking place.

    By Paul Botterell on Jul 4, 2012

  3. I would definately recommend a visit. If you draw you need at least a day!!

    By Carrie Horwood on Jul 5, 2012

  4. And take binoculars! You’ll see way more of the interior that way. Look up at any of the carvings with them and you’ll find some little touch or other you just can’t see with the naked eye from the ground. Stunning place.

    By Ed Francis on Aug 22, 2012

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