The Chapel of St Albert is a very well hidden spot. Behind the Georgian facades of the university buildings in George Square is a very modern addition to the architectural landscape of Edinburgh.
The Chapel was built in 2012 and soon after won architectural awards, yet a small sign at the top of George Square Lane is the only clue to its existence. Entering by the garden gate, I was initially struck by how big a statement such an understated building could make. The use of natural materials have enabled such a modern design to work so well in this historic area. The same materials are used inside, almost emphasizing just how good the design is.
The chapel is used for daily services by the university chaplaincy, and visitors are welcome at these services. In between these the chapel is often open. So whether you are Catholic or just enjoy great architecture it is worth visiting for a few peaceful moments in the impressive surroundings. And afterwards you can visit a branch of Peter’s Yard for a coffee and a cardamom bun.