Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most famous religious sites of Scotland, made even more famous in the past few years by the Da Vinci Code novel from Dan Brown and movie with Tom Hanks. Rosslyn Chapel is an architectural wonder: although it was never completely finished, it has impressive features such as a sculptured ceiling of stars, roses and a dove with an olive branch ( a symbol of the Knights Templar). The skill and art in the stone carvings is amazing and evidence of a tremendous craft that has now been lost.
Rosslyn chapel is actually quite modest in size, but so full of finely detailed stonework that you can easily spend an hour just enjoying the tour and admiring the intricate stonework.
Tours of the chapel are conducted in English and are entertaining. You will learn about how Rosslyn chapel was started in 1446, how it escaped the destruction of the Protestant reformation and you will be shown some of the curious carvings and masonic symbols around the chapel. The guides also explain a little about the use of the chapel in the filming of the Da Vinci Code, but the tours do not play too heavily on this connection.
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