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Edinburgh

  1. 2. <ul><li>Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>There are around 500,000 people in Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh has two nicknames. One is the ‘Athens of the North’ because of our medieval and Georgian architecture. </li></ul><ul><li>The second is ‘Auld Reekie’ ( Auld meaning old and reekie meaning smelly or smokey) because years ago the chimneys used to spew thick black smoke. </li></ul>
  2. 4. <ul><li>The old town dates back to the 1500s. </li></ul><ul><li>Other buildings in Edinburgh include the Scottish Parliament, the Holyrood Palace, the Royal Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh University. </li></ul>
  3. 6. <ul><li>Dates back to 1765 to 1850. </li></ul><ul><li>Over crowding in the old town </li></ul><ul><li>Street names were named after Kings and Princes. For example Princes Street is the main shopping street which faces the castle. </li></ul>
  4. 8. <ul><li>Edinburgh is also known as the most haunted city in Europe because of our under ground vaults. ‘Under ground 18th century city’ </li></ul><ul><li>Poor, sick and criminals of society lived in the vaults. </li></ul>
  5. 10. <ul><li>Edinburgh is built on seven hills. Pentland Hills, Braid Hills, Arthurs Seat, Salisbury Crags, Corstorphine Hill, Calton Hill and the Blackford Hills. </li></ul><ul><li>The castle is situated on top of an extinct volcano. </li></ul>
  6. 12. <ul><li>Edinburgh attracts over 1 million visitors every year making it the second most visited city in the whole of Great Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year Edinburgh hosts the annual Fringe Festival which is the largest arts festival in the world. It celebrates the performing arts: comedy, literature, poetry, plays, music and dance. </li></ul>

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