Canongate Kirk Church

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Canongate Kirk Church was completed in 1691, the church was designed in the shape of a Roman cross on a North-South axis and was restored in 1991 to make a pleasant airy atmosphere with a surprisingly successful colour scheme. It is remarkable for its Dutch inspired entrance gable and somewhat Catholic design inspiration which would have been unusual in a strongly Presbyterian Scotland of the time. The Kirk graveyard includes the grave of the economist Adam Smith.

Canongate Kirk Church

153 Canongate,
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