If ever you have the chance to visit this gorgeous place, you will not regret it. Rosslyn Chapel is full of incredible history and the detail in the stonework is unbelievable.
Some of my favorite spots…
Sitting at the front of the Chapel are two pillars. According to a legend dating back to the 18th century, the master mason in charge of the stonework in the chapel had completed work on the first pillar and decided to travel in the hopes of finding inspiration for the second. While he was gone, his apprentice had a dream about the pillar and completed it on his own before his master returned. Upon his return, the master mason flew into a fit of rage and hit his apprentice in the head with a mallet, killing him. As punishment for his crime, the master’s face was carved into stone so he could forever gaze upon what is now known as the ‘Apprentice Pillar’.
Forte est vinum fortiori est rex fortiores sunt mulieres super omnia vincit veritas. Wine is strong, a king is stronger, women are stronger still, but truth conquers all.
The Seven Virtues: Helping the Needy, Clothing the Naked, Looking After the Sick, Visiting Prisoners, Charity is transposed with the deadly sin of Greed (it is unknown if the two were deliberately switched as a reminder of the potential for good within evil, and evil within good), Feeding the Hungry & Burying the Dead
The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride, Gluttony, Greed is transposed with the Virtue of Charity, Anger, Envy, Sloth, Lust
The fallen angel, Lucifer, is seen hanging upside down and bound with rope.
Surrounding one of the windows are carvings of ‘maize’ or Indian Corn. The presence of this plant carving in the Chapel raises many questions. Not only is it an exotic plant, it originates from North America, a country traditionally thought to have been discovered by Columbus in 1492, almost 50 years after Rosslyn Chapel was built.