Here are some photographs I took on a visit to Edinburgh today. I have a number to sort out but I have posted a few below and will post the others later.
The weather was still beautiful and Edinburgh was as busy as ever. The Ross Fountain is at the West side of Princes Street Gardens and was installed in 1872. It was made in France and was an exhibit in the Great Exhibition in London in 1862. It was purchased for Edinburgh by Daniel Ross a local gun maker and philanthropist.
Edinburgh Castle is a great visitor attraction and well worth visiting when in the City. Situated on an extinct volcano, it also gives excellent views of Edinburgh and Fife.
The above photograph was taken on the way to the Royal Palace and Scottish National War Memorial.
There are some canon in the Castle and a modern canon is fired at 1.00pm every day except Sundays.
The photograph shows Waverely Station on the right, Princes Street Gardens on the left and the Firth of Forth in the distance.
Crown Jewels of Scotland
The Crown Jewels of Scotland and Stone of Destiny are on display in the Royal Palace. This is where the kings and queens of Scotland lived when they were in Edinburgh. Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James Vl of Scotland in a small room there in June 1556. James Vl became King James l of England in 1603.
National War Memorial
The Scottish National War Memorial was opened in 1927 as a tribute to those killed in the First World War. The names of all Scottish servicemen and women who have been killed in action since 1914 are listed there.
St Giles Cathedral
St Giles’ was founded in the 1120′s to spread Catholic Christian worship to lowland Scotland. After the Protestant Reformation, Jenny Geddes (c. 1600 – c. 1660) , a market-trader in Edinburgh is alleged to have thrown her stool at the head of the minister in St Giles’ Cathedral in objection to the first public use of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer in Scotland. Charles l wanted to introduce Anglican rites into the Church in Scotland against the wishes of many Protestants.
John Knox, Scottish Reformation leader, was Minister in St Giles until 1572.
Walking down the Royal Mile we saw this ‘headless man’ who only poses for photographs when some money is placed in his collection bucket. When anyone tried to take a photograph of him without ‘paying’ he put the newspaper over his face!
Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland. It is also used for state ceremonies and official entertaining.
Scottish Parliament Building
Situated opposite Holyrood Palace the Parliament was opened in September 2004, three years later than originally planned at a much greater cost . It was designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles. People have different views on the building but it is an impressive structure, nevertheless.