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Doors Open Day


Edinburgh Doors Open Day is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings – all for free. From heritage landmarks to the city’s newest architecture, Doors Open Day offers free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entry fee. The event also offers the public an opportunity to find out more about the capital’s public buildings.

Saturday 23rd September 2017

1pm to 6pm


After the great  success of last year’s event at St Peter’s we are opening our doors again this year  on  Saturday 23rd September between  1pm to 6pm

From its towering campanile to its intimate cloistered courtyard, St Peter’s RC Church has been described as “a little bit of rural Italy in the heart of literary Morningside”. The church was built especially for Father (later Canon) John Gray (former aesthetic poet and associate of Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Wilde and Beardsley) by his literary patron Marc-André Raffalovich, in 1907. The work of Sir Robert Lorimer (champion of the “Arts and Crafts” movement) this Grade A listed building remains a repository of exquisite metalwork, woodcarving, paintings, statuary and stained glass.


St Peter’s in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Lorimer is acknowledged as one of Scotland’s greatest architects, and St Peter’s as his masterpiece of ecclesiastical architecture. A driving force of the “Arts and Crafts” movement, he deployed the finest sculptors, woodcarvers, painters, metalworkers and artists in glass to create this re-imagining of a primitive Italian basilica.

There will be a rolling introductory presentation in the Parish Room, where refreshments will be provided (St Peter’s is a Fairtrade Parish).

Visitors may join a guided tour of the Church, or are welcome to wander around at their own pace. Volunteers will be available in the Church to answer visitors’ questions.

The visit can be comfortably made in under an hour. There are baby-changing facilities and toilets and full wheelchair access.

To view the art of the church and find out more about its history, download this slide show on the history and art of St Peter’s.


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