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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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  • Love seeing the old architecture of Churches and Cathedrals. The stained glass windows were fantastic. Very interesting attendant on duty. Provided a lot of information about the history. Don't... 
    Love seeing the old architecture of Churches and Cathedrals. The stained glass windows were fantastic. Very interesting attendant on duty. Provided a lot of information about the history. Don't...  more »
  • Beautiful chapel where Mary Queen of Scots infant son James VI was crowned in 1567. Lots of history. It seemed as though they relied heavily on donations, so while there is no entry fee, I would... 
    Beautiful chapel where Mary Queen of Scots infant son James VI was crowned in 1567. Lots of history. It seemed as though they relied heavily on donations, so while there is no entry fee, I would...  more »
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  • Beautiful chapel and with great history! A volunteer gave us a great background on its history and was very engaging. A great stop before or after Stirling Castle.
  • 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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