St Cuthbert’s, the ‘Mother Kirk’ of Edinburgh, is a familiar landmark but how well do we actually know it? The oldest Christian site in the city, there has been a religious building here for 1300 years. The surrounding kirkyard, with its Watchtower guarding against bodysnatchers, contains many interesting graves and memorials, including that of ‘English opium-eater’ Thomas de Quincey. The present church building dates from the 19th century and has been embellished with artworks, including a stained glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a sculptural interpretation of Leonardo’s Last Supper. The minister, Rev Peter Sutton, will give us an introductory talk about the history and art of this surprising, most ancient yet modern place, which we can then explore further for ourselves.
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