Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

Rosslyn Chapel is a beautiful little chapel just outside of Edinburgh. It’s long and complicated history started in 1446 when it was built by Sir William St Clair and was catapulted into popularity by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

The chapel is just outside Edinburgh. We took an Uber there and it took about 25 minutes. On the way back, we couldn’t get an Uber but the Edinburgh city bus is right outside the chapel, so we took that back. At almost an hour, it was much longer than an Uber, but also significantly cheaper.

The chapel is full of hundreds of symbols, starting with the outside. Unfortunately, the outside is also the only place where photos are allowed. But there is still plenty to see in the pictures. My favorite sculpture is of a fox, apparently reading a story to a bunch of geese.

Of all the hundreds of symbols within the church, the one that is not there is the one used at the end of The Da Vinci Code. The Star of David, which marks the spot in the book, had to be added to the chapel when they filmed the movie.

I would have loved to take photos inside. Every inch of the chapel is ornate and tells a story. Luckily, the Rosslyn Chapel website has a 360 degree tour where you can see the whole chapel. I highly recommend checking it out.

Tickets are timed and limited, so I highly recommend buying them in advance. At just £9.50, which includes an option and highly informative talk, it’s a great deal. And if you’re heading to Edinburgh, you must include a visit here!

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