13 Edinburgh former church buildings which are now familiar in new roles, including theatres, galleries, bars

Old churches have been converted to a wide variety of different uses

Edinburgh has lots of churches – and there used to be even more. Many church buildings have closed over the years. And while some have been bulldozed and replaced by other buildings, many have survived and been converted to other uses.

And some – like West Register House in Charlotte Square or the nearby Ghillie Dhu at the West End – have become so familiar in their new guise that most people will not give the building’s origins a second thought.

So here’s a look at some of Edinburgh’s repurposed churches and their history.

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