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Edinburgh the Capitail of Scotland

Jan 24, 2008
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. It has been the capital of Scotland since 1437 and is the seat of the Scottish Parliament.

James Craig, who was awarded a Freedom of the City for his winning design, designed the elegant Georgian New Town over 200 years ago.

Edinburghs a hot spot for night life with more trendy bars and night clubs than we could possibly do justice. Night time in Edinburgh brings out the Ghost Tours where unsuspecting tourists are taken on a delightful and entertaining tour of the underground sections of the city.

Jenners is a traditional department store on Princes Street, which has a large skylight and an open interior court in the middle. The shop has been at this exact location on Princes Street since 1838, and that the current building is over 100 years old.

Princes Street is the main shopping area. Along the Royal Mile and Princes Street there are lot of souvenir shops. Here you find a variation of things, cups with Scottish motif, textile badges, key-rings, pack of cards, shortbread, Scottish toffee, book and postcards. You can also buy tartan cloths like kilts and scarves and cashmere wool jumpers.

The Edinburgh Festival takes place in the city in August each year. It is in fact made up of a variety of festivals and events including the International Festival, The Fringe, Book Festival, Film Festival, Military Tattoo, Jazz festival and Edinburgh Mela.

The ancient Edinburgh Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Over a million people a year visit the castle. The castle is part of the old town and overlooks the Princes Street Gardens. It dominates the Edinburgh skyline and provides panoramic views. At certain times of the year it provides the backdrop for spectacular firework displays. The annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place in the castle esplanade. The castle is managed by Historic Scotland. Much of the castle we know today was built under the reign of James II. It is one of the most haunted places in Scotland.

St John's Church is the only building on Princes Street that stops the view of Edinburgh Castle. During the construction of the church in the beginning of XIX century, the Parliament passed a private act preventing further developments on the south side of Princes Street. The many stained glasses windows inside the church are strikingly beautiful, and the plastered ceiling, which came from King Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey.
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