This painting is quite striking, especially because of the presence of enormous buildings near the cathedral, that seems to be dwarfed under their unnatural weight. The general sense is one of awe and wonder, increased also by the colour of the cathedral - a cold black - that serves to differentiate between the holy building and the other ones.
St Giles' Cathedral, more properly termed the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline - located about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. The present church dates from the late 14th century, though it was extensively restored in the 19th century.
The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Giles, who is the patron saint of Edinburgh,as well as of cripples and lepers, and was a very popular saint in the Middle Ages. It is the Church of Scotland parish church for part of Edinburgh's Old Town.