Edinburgh Journals

Exploring Edinburgh and Glasgow

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An April 2008 trip to Edinburgh by Drever

Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace Photo, Glasgow, Scotland More Photos
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Holyrood Palace/Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Holyrood Palace/Palace of Holyroodhouse Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Holyrood Palace, sitting at the end of the Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, has witnessed Scotland's turbulent past. Within its walls kings planned wars, royals danced deep into the night, murders occurred. In contrast today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies, garden parties and official entertaining.The State Apartments have magnificent plasterwork ceilings and collections of tapestries. The longest and largest room in the Palace is the Great Gallery - decorated with 89 of the original 110 Jacob de Wet portraits of the real and legendary kings of Scotland, from Fergus I to Charles II.The room has served many purposes. Here the election of ...Read More

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Holyrood Palace/Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8DX
+44 (131) 556 5100

Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland

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Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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What remains of Holyrood Abbey is the ruined and roofless nave of its church. However in Scotland’s history it looms large.King David I founded the Augustinian Abbey in 1128. Tradition has it that he created it on the spot where he had a vision of a stag with a cross between its antlers - the Abbey's symbol! A more imposing building, commissioned in 1190 replaced the original Norman style with Early English architecture. David set up the Abbey as a Sanctuary for criminals and debtors. If accepted and on payment of a booking fee, the debtor received a ‘Letters of protection’ from creditors. The debtor was then safe to live within the Sanctuary, free from risk of arrest. Debtors crow...Read More

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Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland
83 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 5TT
+44 (131) 661-6002

Rosslyn Chapel Trust

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Rosslyn Chapel Trust Photo, Roslin, Scotland
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Rosslin Chapel has found fame as the possible resting-place of the Holy Grail since Dan Brown published the Da Vinci Code.Even before its recent fame, it has been a Mecca for those interested in the mysteries of life. The exquisite carvings portray scenes found only in this 15th century chapels. They contain images relevant to biblical, masonic, pagan and Knights Templar themes. For instance the "Two riders on a single horse" that also appears on the Seal of the Knights Templar. The layout of the chapel echoes the layout of the Temple of Solomon.William Sinclair 3rd Earl of Orkney, Baron of Roslin and 1st Earl of Caithness, who claimed to be a hereditary Grand Master of the Scottis...Read More

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Rosslyn Chapel Trust
Rosslyn Chapel
Roslin EH25 9PU
+44 (131) 440-2159

Secret Edinburgh

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Secret Edinburgh Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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A great bridge spans a deep valley to the south of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Under its enormous arches exists a catacomb of underground chambers. Within them a community thrived. Trades first legal and then illicit flourished.This happened as a result of Edinburgh’s geography. The volcanic rock on which Edinburgh Castle stands sheltered the land to its eastward side from the onward grind of ice sheets during ice ages. The result was deep chasms gouged out towards the north and south. On the ridge a crowded community arose. Defeat by the English at Flodden led to the hurried building of the Flodden Wall across unprotected flanks. Now confined on all sides the town built upwards.T...Read More

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Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace

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Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Stepping through the door, I am transported from the cold, windy and wet Scottish winter to the steaming Tropics. A jungle of ferns and tall palms soar upwards before me. My cares disappear as I remove my scarf and coat.The stuff of science fiction made possible through the ingenuity of the Victorians. How? - An enormous glass dome called the Kibble Palace, each panel glinting in the sunlight like the facet of a giant diamond. Originally built in 1865 by John Kibble as a conservatory at his home it was re-erected after enlargement in Glasgow in 1873. The main dome is 45m (146 feet) across and 13m (43 feet) high. A smaller dome 15m (50 feet) across and 10m (34 feet) high connects to the main ...Read More

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Botanic Gardens and Kibble Palace
730 Great Western Road
Glasgow, Scotland G12 0UE
+44 141 334 2422