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Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling

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The Church of the Holy Rude (Scottish Gaelic: Eaglais na crois naoimh) 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 the 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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  • Bad or unlucky timing on my part.The church closes for the winter in September ,which is a shame because my guidebook highly recommended a visit.The church's setting is nice between the Castle and... 
    Bad or unlucky timing on my part.The church closes for the winter in September ,which is a shame because my guidebook highly recommended a visit.The church's setting is nice between the Castle and...  more »
  • The Church of the Holy Rude is very worth a visit, not only for its vaulted wooden ceiling, but particularly for the magnificent stained glass windows. While I was admiring one in particular, which.....  more
    The Church of the Holy Rude is very worth a visit, not only for its vaulted wooden ceiling, but particularly for the magnificent stained glass windows. While I was admiring one in particular, which.....  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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