Whilst I was wandering around Rosslyn Chapel taking photographs of Colin Steele and Dave Milligan, I mentioned to the custodian of the chapel that I often tp take pictures in the chapel – last time, I followed the rules and kept outside. He said that I should feel free to take any pictures I wanted; I took him at his word.
(Someone later told me that the reason photography is banned from the chapel is not, as I suggested, because they want to sell more Cds, books and postcards, but rather because they are being sued by a tourist who was startled by someone taking flash pictures and tripped.)
Rosslyn Chapel is full of amazing and somewhat mysterious carvings; rumour has it that it was built by the Knights Templar and is full of masonic secrets (hence it features in “The Da Vinci Code”); it is certainly full of masonic imagery. Some of the carvings allegedly refer to journey's made by monks to America before Columbus got there; others tell the tale one of the chapel's patrons,Sir Henry St Clair, 7th Baron of Rosslyn, as he took Robert the Bruce's heart on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem 9after Robert's death; obviously...).
Some of the most famous stories involve the intricately carved Apprentice Pillar - carved in the Master Mason's absence by an apprentice, the mason was so incenced that he killed the apprentice; other carvings show the mason falling from the tower in punishment.
Here are some of the photographs I took in this remarkable, fascinating, medieval building.