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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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  • Superbly situated on the hill, this cannot be 'crossed' off your 'to do' list quickly. The open timber roofs and first class stained glass add to the atmosphere. The coronation of James V1 and a... 
    Superbly situated on the hill, this cannot be 'crossed' off your 'to do' list quickly. The open timber roofs and first class stained glass add to the atmosphere. The coronation of James V1 and a...  more »
  • Whilst the church was closed at the time of my visit, the churchyard is well worth a walk around. Immaculately kept and there is a fantastic viewing point. 
    Whilst the church was closed at the time of my visit, the churchyard is well worth a walk around. Immaculately kept and there is a fantastic viewing point.  more »
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  • The Church of the Holy Rude, adjacent to Stirling Castle, witnessed the coronation of James VI as the King of Scots in 16th century when he was 13 months old. We visited during the Easter holiday, which seems to be the only time the church would open besides the summertime. Not in the grandest monumental scale, yet the tranquil ambient, beautiful architectural details and its historic significance make it a not-to-miss point in Stirling.
  • I love graveyards and this was fantastic. So many ancient gravestones. Worth doing the ghost walk, as they go through the graveyard and tell some interesting stories.

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