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New visitors bible presented to Stirling Castle

13 May 2013

A new visitor’s bible was presented to Stirling Castle at the weekend.

The castle was presented with a visitor’s bible and a display bible in November 2011 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Since then however, so many people had looked through the visitors Bible that it had become rather worn down and needed to be replaced

The presentation of a new bible to the castle by the Bible Society on Sunday (12th May) saw local churches and choirs join visitors for a special event in the Chapel Royal.

As part of the event, a selection of hymns were sung in the Chapel Royal, lead by the choirs, allowing visitors and guests to experience what the Chapel would have been like when it was built by James VI in 1594. Initially built for the baptism of his son Prince Henry, it was used as a place of worship for many centuries later.

Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experiences Manager for the castle said;

“I’d like to thank the Bible Society and all of the local churches and choirs represented for making the event such a success.

“It was also a fantastic opportunity to witness the Chapel being used for its original purpose. We hold a few events throughout the year – including Christmas where we invite choirs to sing in the Chapel Royal. The acoustics alone are spectacular – and it is really wonderful to hear the choirs within this magnificent setting.”


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