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Edinburgh Travel Guide

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. It combines green hills and parks, castles and fortifications, religious temples and kirkyards, monuments and museums, and the commercial hassle of modernity.

The Old Town with its medieval architecture and the New Town with its distinguished Georgian buildings are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dominating the skyline are the majestic Edinburgh Castle on one side and Calton Hill on the other.

The Edinburgh Castle is one of the historic landmarks of the city. Built in the 12th century, the fortification has been transformed since the reign of King David II.

The St Giles Cathedral was named after the patron of the beggars and cripples. Dating back to 1126, the cathedral was destroyed and rebuilt in the 15th century. The Thistle Chapel was constructed in the 19th century for the order of chivalry, the Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of Thistle.

The Holyrood Park is a true oasis of wilderness in the central part of the city. The stony pathway along the Salisbury Crags, situated in the park, offers a nice view to the Old Town of Edinburgh.

The city of Edinburgh is also famous for its arts and The Edinburgh Festival celebrated in August every year is a must see arts event. The festival has been held in Edinburgh since1947 and celebrates art, music, theatre, dance and opera.

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Calton Hill
Calton Hill Monuments
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is Edinburgh’s top tourist attraction
John Knox House
John Knox House is one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh.
National Gallery of Scotland
National Gallery of Scotland
New Town Edinburgh
New Town Edinburgh is a fine example of Georgian architecture.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the Queen
Royal Mile
Royal Mile Old Town Edinburgh
St Giles’ Cathedral
St Giles’ Cathedral is the most prominent structure at the Royal Mile.

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