Edinburgh - is the capital of Scotland, the largest city by area and the second largest by population in the country, located in the south-east of Scotland.
HistoryHumans have settled the Edinburgh area in the Bronze Age, leaving traces of primitive stone settlements. Edinburgh began to grow in XII century, when David I moved the royal court to Edinburgh Castle.
Museums of Edinburgh• National Gallery of ScotlandIt is the oldest in the region an art gallery, located in the heart of Edinburgh. The gallery features a rich collection of European painting and sculpture
• Museum of writers The museum exposition presents the life and work of the great Scottish writers and poets: Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and others.
• Museum of childhoodThe museum presents a large collection of childrens toys (from dolls to tricycles) from all over the world.
The Edinburgh FestivalIt is an official festival for theatre, opera and classical music, and the «Fringe» festival. The Edinburgh Festival dates back to 1947.
On the «Fringe» festival you can see a large variety of plays, films, comedians, dance companies and concerts. The main feature of the festival is that there is no selection of participants.
Finally, there is the Military Tattoo, a military parade held in Edinburgh Castle. In the parade take a part military bands from around the world, drummers, pipers, singers, acrobats and procession of cheerleaders.
SportEdinburgh has two professional football clubs – Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. They are known locally as Hearts and Hibs, and both teams currently play in the Scottish Premier League.
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