Edinburgh: A city between legend and history

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City of Edinburgh, with half a million inhabitants, lies on seven hills. A walk between streets is exciting but it is hard for your continued slopes and stairs. Both up and down gives us a range of viewpoints. The great strength, the emblem of the city stands proud and majestic: Castle Rock, the first Celtic to the fortress which defended the city. From here you can distinguish the whole city, both its old and its new part. The castle was built on 135 meters of basaltic rock. On an extinct volcano that was built back in the sixth century. Since the eleventh century was the residence of kings, but for two centuries, became a real stronghold that was captured on several occasions by the British in their fight with the Scots. Thus, in 1313, decided to demolish its walls. Soon after, in the year 1356, King David II was the one who gave it its current image.

At the foot of the castle lies the old city. Walking around the Royal Mile is a real pleasure. Is the hub of this part of town, which was built before the seventeenth century. Is a cover of miles marked by cobblestones and palaces and churches close pointy.

Exists in this part of town to a beautiful church called the Cathedral City of Edinburgh: St. Giles Church, a majestic Gothic church reformed by John Knox in the sixteenth century, to undertake a reform that would take away the domain English clergyman. In his columns for its gloomy interior and stained glass art Normandy. Many tombstones with historical characters and events are reflected in a Scotland where there are few interior pictures and shrines to match the look sad and blackened the outside of the Cathedral.

St Giles Cathedral

From the Cathedral Square, known as Parliament Square, among the gardens of East and West Princess Princess, distinguished by its lakes, its greenery, its figures. On one side of the gardens can find Princess Street which separates the Old City of the New, and the monument to Walter Scott. N Canongate Street you go into a separate district for 700 years, where we can admire the Canongate Toolboth, a museum dedicated to the daily lives of edimburgueses; the Canongate Kirk, a cemetery where famous figures are buried as Adam Smith , the father of modern economics, it is also worth visiting the Whitehorse Close, inn which the former trial that started in London iban.

The New Town was declared a World Heritage Site, was built from the seventeenth century, after a rise in competition which asked a series of designs to expand the city. James Craig was the winner, who raised the growth of Edinburgh around three main arteries: Princess Street, George Street and Queen Street. The street is the second landmark, the George Street: elegant Georgian mansion with two decent places to admire the St. Andrew Square and Charlotte.

Cuisine in Edinburgh:
Out for their drink. What are the best known whiskys. Should find those establishments that carry the seal of “Taste of Scotland” because they serve traditional Scottish dishes. Pubs often give concerts at night, among all, the Café Royal, a Victorian-style pub. Finally, do not come to Edinburgh without having to go through a ostrería. Is typical. Half a dozen oysters may cost about 10 Euros.

The Scotch Whisky Heritage Tour, Edinburgh - sign outside

Shopping typical:
Obviously, once again, the whiskey. Also classic clothes Scottish paintings, and the many libraries that are in the city we offer the full range that we want to find, antique shops and how no, the bagpipe. At Blackfriars Music is an impressive range of pipe to buy.

Good Luck!

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One Response to “Edinburgh: A city between legend and history”

  1. Paul Says:


    Great account of this wonderful city!

    If you would like to maximse your leisure time and tour Edinburgh at your own pace, have you considered hiring a Digi-guide from Roam Edinburgh?

    It is a hand-held device which is packed with audio, text and photographs on all of the popular points of interest in the city. It links up to satellites using GPS so it can also guide you on a suggested walking tour, lead you directly to a specific monument or even suggest a restaurant which is close to your location?

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