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Princess Street is the main artery in the New Town of Edinburgh and major tourist attraction along with the Royal Mile at the Old Town.

The New Town and Princess Street were developed in the 18th century when a competition for the expansion of Edinburgh was won by the young architect James Craig. Princess Street became the major shopping street in Edinburgh while the New Town has one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the world.

The Scott Monument is a Victorian monument dedicated to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. The black gothic tower designed by Jonh Steel is 61 meters high (200.5 ft) and has a couple of viewing platforms reached by narrow spiral staircases. It offers great panoramic views over Edinburgh. The highest viewing deck is reached by a total of 287 steps.

The Princess Street Gardens are a beautiful park bellow the Edinburgh Castle created in 1820 following the draining of the lake Nor Loch and creating the New Town and The Mound. The Ross Fountain is the focal point of the park with ironwork statues of females depicting Science, Arts, Poetry and Industry.

The National Gallery of Scotland and Royal Scottish Academy Buildings are both on Princess Street located at The Mound.
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The Princess Street Gardens Edinburgh
The Princess Street Gardens with view of Edinburgh Castle

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