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Da Vinci chapel unveiled after 14 years

Rosslyn Chapel
Image caption The exterior of Rosslyn Chapel has been hidden for 14 years under a metal canopy

A large metal canopy which has hidden most of the exterior view of Rosslyn Chapel for 14 years has been removed.

Over the last six weeks contractors have been carefully removing hundreds of tonnes of steel.

The last few pieces have been removed, revealing the chapel in its glory, complete with a new roof covering.

The canopy was erected 14 years ago by the Rosslyn Chapel Trust to prevent ingress of water through the roof.

The original roof had been letting rain through for hundreds of years and it had caused decay.

These works are part of an ongoing £9m conservation and access project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, numerous trusts, private donors, and hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The new visitor and education centre is due to open at Easter, and the conservation works will be completed by the end of 2012.

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