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The Balmoral by night, Edinburgh | by Optical illusion
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The Balmoral by night, Edinburgh

The Balmoral is a luxury five-star hotel and landmark in Edinburgh, Scotland, known as the North British Hotel until the late 1980s. Resulting from a competition of 1895, the hotel originally opened in 1902. It was designed by architect W. Hamilton Beattie and for most of the twentieth century was known as the North British Hotel or simply the N.B., a traditional railway hotel built for the North British Railway Company adjacent to their Waverley Station. In February 2007 it was confirmed that author J. K. Rowling finished the last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at this hotel. The clock of The Balmoral still runs two minutes ahead of time, just as in the past, when it urged travellers to hurry to their trains....

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Taken on October 28, 2010