John Knox House

The John Knox house is one of the 15th century houses in England, which has remained largely unaltered. This house was later owned by James Mosman, goldsmith and jeweler to Mary, Queen of Scots. It is believed that John Knox, leader of the Scottish Reformation and founder of the Presbyterian Church, lived in this house for a short time before dying in 1572. John Knox was an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. But the death of his close friend George Wiseheart pitted him against the Church. George was burned at the stake by Cardinal Beaton. The John Knox house is located on the High Street of Edinburgh and is said to have had two storeys, which was heightened possibly as early as 1525. The house of John Knox underwent expensive restoration work between 1850 and 1853.

You can find a sundial displaying a figure of Moses pointing to a partially hidden sun, on the wall above the street. You can see the relics of the Reformation at the site even today. The John Knox House is run by the Church of Scotland. The John Knox museum holds an exhibition outlining the life and times of Knox. Even today, you can see the world of drama and conflict as you enter John Knox's house, where the color so characteristic of the Renaissance clashes with presbyterian rigour. The John Knox museum is a popular tourist attraction as it throws light on the influence of John Knox over the people of Scotland.

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