Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Church of the Holy Rude is the medieval parish church of Stirling, Scotland. It is named after the Holy Rood, a relic of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. The church was founded in 1129 during the reign of David I, but earliest part of the present church dates from the 15th century. As such it is the second oldest building in Stirling after Stirling Castle, parts of which date from the later 14th century. The chancel and tower were added in the 16th century.

Stirling Castle has long been a favoured residence of the Scottish monarchs, and was developed as a Renaissance palace during the reigns of the later Stewart Kings. The Church of the Holy Rude, adjacent to the castle, became similarly associated with the monarchy, hosting royal baptisms and coronations. It is one of three churches still in use in Britain that have been the sites of coronations.
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  • The church was closed, however we did get to go into the neighbouring castle. The Cemetery is insanley rish in history and well worth (is a must to see) on any visit to Stirling.  more »
  • It was the first place to visit upon my arrival at Stirling. We parked at the city centre and made our way to the top of the hill were the church is. The church is beautiful and it offers great views.  more »
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  • The church is beautiful and historically interesting. With park benches and vantage points, it is possible to sit and admire the view which is also beautiful. We'll worth a visit.
  • Just loved the place enormously. I feel I've learned such a great deal about the King James Bible and its origins. Stoon on the very spot where James VI Scotland and 1st of England was crowned.

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