Inside St Giles' Cathedral, the organ

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St. Giles' Cathedral, sometimes called also High Kirk, is a church standing approximately in the middle of the Royal Mile. It has been one of the focal points of religion in Edinburgh for nearly 900 years. It is as well regarded as the mother church of Presbyterianism. It is a parish church of the Church of Scotland. It is dedicated to saint patron named Giles, who was the patron of cripples and lepers during the Middle Ages. He is aw ell the saint patron of the city.

The interior of the Cathedral was created by lots of chapels and altars in past. However, during the reconstruction in the 19th century most of the chapels were demolished and the interior was thus made into single open space. One of the eye-catching things is the organ in the South Transept. The present one was built in 1992 by the Austrian firm of Rieger Orgelbau, in consultation with Herrick Bunney and Peter Hurford according to the design by Douglas Laird. It has mechanical key and stop action. There are 47 speaking stops spread over three manual divisions and the pedal division. A chromatic ring of 37 Whitechapel bells, playable from the Swell manual and from the Pedal, is installed in the central pipe tower.
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