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Rosslyn Chapel set for camera ban
Rosslyn Chapel (picture by Elizabeth Quigley)
The camera ban will take effect at the chapel in January
Cameras and video equipment are to be banned from a medieval chapel in the Lothians which had a starring role in the Da Vinci Code blockbuster film.

Rosslyn Chapel will be camera free from 2 January in a bid to stop falls while visitors gaze at the ornate ceiling through their lenses.

The ancient floor of the dimly lit chapel, which dates back to 1446, has many cracks and uneven slabs.

Officials at the chapel do not think the move will affect visitor numbers.

Epileptic fits

Speaking to BBC Scotland news website, Colin Glynne-Percy, Rosslyn Chapel director, said he had taken the decision on health and safety grounds.

He said: "We have had reports on a regular basis of people falling as they walk through the chapel while looking at the screens on their cameras so we have decided to ban them.

"We have taken the decision because we are trying to pre-empt further accidents as the floor is very uneven and badly cracked.

"After we had a woman in the summer fall and need first aid treatment we thought we had to do something about it.

"We also have to be aware of flash photography in such a small enclosed space causing epilepsy."

The attraction recorded a slight decrease in visitor numbers from 175,000 last year to 160,000 this year.

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