Shots in the City : Edinburgh Edition
Shots in the City is a collection of photos from one city, showcasing hidden corners that aren't as well travelled with interesting facts about the place I photographed. Here is my hidden corners of the City of Edinburgh.
No. 1 : Arthur's Seat
No. 2 : Calton Hill
Did you know? An extinct volcano, the name of Arthur's Seat could be derived from the legend of King Arthur. Mentioned in an early Welsh Medieval poem, centuries of inhabitants have speculated as to whether they believe the legend or not. But regardless of its name, it rises proudly above Edinburgh as a landmark and gives tourists the chance to enjoy 360' views from its peak, which is the
highest in the city.
Did you know? Part of Edinburgh's UNESCO World Heritage Site, Calton Hill is one of the landmark hills in the city. It houses a number of iconic monuments such as the National Monument of Scotland, which is a memorial to Scottish soldiers who died fighting in the Napleonic Wars. The view has been used by photographers and artists through history including Robert Barker who was inspired to create an immersive 360 degree view from the summit in 1787.
No. 3 : Royal Botanic Gardens
Did you know? The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), known locally as 'The Botanics,' is one of four sites across Scotland. Founded in 1670, as a physic garden growing medicinal plants, it's current living collection consists of 13, 302 plant species. It is the second largest botanic gardens in Britain after Oxford, boasting 70 acres just outside the city.
No. 4 : Scottish Parliament Building
No. 5 : The Meadows
No. 6 : Edinburgh Castle
Did you know? Although the Scottish Parliament has been established since 1707, the construction of the current building didn't begin until 1999. It was built and designed with sustainability in mind as all the electricity comes from renewable sources and it is insulated to a high level to keep it warm in the winter. The buildings include the circular debating chamber which makes it equal for each MSP have their say.
Did you know? The Meadows is a large public park to the south of the city centre. It originally contained a loch known as 'burgh loch' which provided the majority of the city's drinking water until 1621. It now provides tree-lined paths, tennis courts, a children's playground and recreational sports grounds as an escape from the city.
Did you know? Every year in August, the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle hosts a series of Royal Military Tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands. Begun in 1950, the name 'tatoo' derives from the last duty call of the day as well as a ceremonial entertainment performed by military musicians. Currently, the tattoo draws up to 8,800 tourists a night from around the world to enjoy the spectacle, which concludes in an elaborate fireworks display.
No. 7 : Princes Street Gardens
Did you know? Princes Street Gardens is one of the most important urban parks in the centre of the city and separates the Old and New Town. Divided by the Mound which houses the National Gallery of Scotland, it began life as Edinburgh's natural medieval defence before it became the biggest loch in the city. After the loch was drained, it was inaugurated in 1820 and continues to be a meeting place for Edinburgh locals.