ROSSLYN CHAPEL EDINBURGH
If you are visiting The Edinburgh Festival this month, I would also recommend that you pay a visit to the beautiful Rosslyn Chapel at Roslin near Edinburgh. This Chapel was founded in the 15th century and is privately owned by the 7th Earl of Rosslyn. Construction of the Chapel began in 1456 and was originally to be in the shape of a crucifix but it was never completed. The foundations of the unbuilt nave and transepts were later discovered in the 19th century.
Today, you will find the Choir and The Lady Chapel which was built on the much earlier crypt. Rosslyn Chapel is full of many intricate carvings and among these you will find a sequence of 213 cubes or boxes. These cubes or boxes protrude from the pillars and arches with a selection of patterns on them. It is unknown if these patterns have any particular meaning but many people have attempted to discover the information coded into them. No interpretation has yet been concluded. Since the late 1980s, there has been speculative theories concerning a connection of Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, and the Holy Grail. The Chapel was featured in the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code in 2003.
THE GREEN MEN AT ROSSLYN CHAPEL EDINBURGH
Among these carvings in the Chapel, you will also find 110 carvings of ‘Green Men’ throughout the building. These ‘Green Men’ or ‘Foliage Heads’ or ‘Masks’ are stone carvings of human faces with greenery surrounding them or sprouting from their eyes, mouths or nostrils. These decorative ornaments are usually made from either wood or stone. They were made as a symbol of rebirth representing the cycle of growth each spring. The Green Man was often made as a fertility symbol or natural spirit usually with a male face.
THE GREEN MAN AND SIMON BURNS-COX
Today, A Green Man carving is popular as a garden ornament and can be seen in many gardens throughout the world usually built into walls. If you would like your own Green Man, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a professional Sculptor and Letter Carver working primarily in Stone and Marble based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. I would be happy to discuss your requirements.