St John's is not your average church. With a prime location right in the centre of town, at the West corner of Princes Street, it is at once a traditional centre of worship with an active Scottish Episcopal congregation, and also a hub for activism and progressive enterprise in Edinburgh.
Home to the Peace and Justice Centre and the ethical One World shop and also a Christian bookshop, which are all tucked around the side of the building, the church is also the primary venue for the Festival of Peace and Spirituality in August, which attracts speakers from all around the world for inter-faith dialogue. There are also numerous concerts and talks held there throughout the year, and an occasional arts and crafts market that springs up on the terrace at the back.
All in all, St John's has plenty of interesting things to offer Christians and non-Christians alike.
Another one of many beautiful churches in the city. Except this one always seems to have something going on. I went to the art fair they have down in the graveyard and it was quite nice this year. Lots of wonderful artists with lots of great trinkets to sell. I am more into the photography so I spent most of my time looking at that stuff and picked up a few prints that were quite cheap. Also loved a lady who was making ring and such out of old pre-decimal coins that were really cool. The church also has a little cafe( Which I have wrote a review about check it out) and the inside is just as beautiful as the architecture of the outside. Lots of wonderful stained glass and really you should just see it for yourself to appreciate the beauty of these old churches and buildings.
This is a npeaceful way to spend a quiet (hung over) weekend day. Milling through the countless art and craft style market stalls, you'll probably come across alot of items which are beautifully crafted but probably more suited as presents - think mums, sisters, in-laws etc
Although some items are a little pricey, these items are usually those which are made of high quality or precious materials and stones. Very aesthetic and in the gorgeous surroundings of the church yard, it's a nice spot to have a recovery coffee and scone in the quaint cafe turned bookstore.
There are also a number of fairtrade style ethnic stalls which import goods from across the globe - some very nice things to be bought here and a bit more reasonable in price.
Aside from witnessing a large dog maul a small rat like pedigree and the ensuing screaming match between owners, the visual beauty is all-encompassing! A good chill out activity in good weather.
The only reason St. Johns doesn't get five stars from me is that I'm greedy and wanted even more! The small church has very pretty architecture with absolutely beautiful stained glass. I think the stained glass is some of the best I've ever seen, or at least the best I've seen in a very long while. I feel a bit odd Yelping about a church, but I wanted to share how beautiful I thought it was. (Alright, it's 4.5 stars...but I'm still stubbornly not rounding up.) If you know the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the outside of St. Johns looks somewhat like a small version of the center section of the Cathedral, with many of the same architectural elements.
St. John's Church is situated at the very beginning of Princess street on the corner with the lively Lothian road. It is a very peaceful and welcoming place. The church often offers its premise for exhibitions. Last year it hosted multiple events organized during the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. At the back of the church you can find a lovely cafe and stalls for open market of art items.
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