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Edinburgh Castle, UK

October 21st 2008 05:38
Sitting on top of Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh.

It is thought, that Malcom III and his Saxon Queen first built a castle on this spot around the 11th century. All that remains of this original structure is St Margaret Chapel.

After being conquered and rebuilt a number of times, the castle that stands on the site now, dates back about 300 years.

The Castle was built mainly for military purposes and, most of the displays inside are a testament to its military past, which can be a turn off for a number of visitors. It is home to the famous Scottish National War Memorial, the Scottish United Services Museum.

Some of the other highlights include: Queen Marys apartments where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI of Scotland (later James I of England), and the Scottish crown jewels.
There are guided tours available as well as audio tours in several different languages.

If you are not interested in looking inside the castle, it is worth going up to Castle Rock. On a clear day, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Edinburgh and its surrounds, so take your camera.

Edinburgh castle

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