The Mound - Edinburgh (Scotland UK)
The Mound 26/04/2014 20h17
A scale model of the old and new town of Edinburgh. Clearly visible is the difference in height between the Old and New Town and in between The Mound where this scale model in bronze is located. Edinburgh Castle on its rock and the buildings built along the Royal Mile and the vulcanic rock. On the scale model the Calton Hill is also visible.
This scale model is located next to the Royal Scottish Acedemy and National Gallery of Scotland.
Edinburgh (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Èideann) is the capital city of Scotland, situated in Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. It is the second most populous city in Scotland and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. Edinburgh has been recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, but political power moved south to London after the Union of the Crowns in 1603 and the Union of Parliaments in 1707. After nearly three centuries of unitary government, a measure of self-government returned in the shape of the devolved Scottish Parliament, which officially opened in Edinburgh in 1999. The city is also home to many national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. Edinburgh's relatively buoyant economy, traditionally centred on banking and insurance but now encompassing a wide range of businesses, makes it the biggest financial centre in the UK after London. Many Scottish companies have established their head offices in the city.
Edinburgh is rich in associations with the past and has many historic buildings, including Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and an extensive Georgian New Town built in the 18th century. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
FACTS & FIGURES:
Sovereign State: United Kingdom (UK)
Council Area: City of Edinburgh
Lieutenancy area: Edinburgh
GPS: 55°57′11″N 3°11′20″W
Population: 485,000 (urban 818,000)
[ Source and more information: Wikipedia – Edinburgh]