St John's Episcopal Church Edinburgh

By Diane M Watters

Format: Paperback

Examines the history and architectural development of St John's Church. This book discusses the architectural debates which impacted on St John's design, and evaluates its significance and legacy. It also considers the Scottish religious and cultural impact of the church building, and its role in the Christian life of Edinburgh's New Town.

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Positioned at the westernmost entrance to Edinburgh's Princes Street, St John's Episcopal Church enjoys the enviable picturesque backdrop of the castle and Old Town. Despite later additions, it stands today much as it was when first designed almost 200 years ago - a celebrated architectural monument and place of worship in the heart of Scotland's capital.

This richly illustrated book examines the history and architectural development of St John's Church from the early 19th century to the present day. Its revived Gothic interior was unprecedented in Scotland in 1818, and it was the first of the new Gothic towers and spires that helped create the famous 19th century 'Romantic Edinburgh' cityscape.

Author Diane Watters examines the ever-shifting architectural debates which impacted on St John's innovative design, and re-evaluates its significance and legacy. In addition, she considers the broader Scottish religious and cultural impact of the new church building, and its continuing central role in the Christian life of Edinburgh's New Town.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Historic Environment Scotland
Publication Date 2 May 2008
ISBN 9781902419510
Number of Pages 64

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A"At either end of Princes Street are two famous buildings, one a great hotel, the other an elegant and lively church - bookends to one of the world's best-known thoroughfares. This charming book tells a fascinating story of the architectural and aesthetic ideas behind a landmark building. Those who regularly walk past St John's or those who encounter it on a visit to Edinburgh will be both entertained and informed by this lovely architectural and historical essay.A"Alexander McCall Smith

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