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This evening, I am presenting some images of one of Edinburgh’s top visitor attractions, namely Palace of Holyrood House. This is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

The following two images are of the interesting fountain located in the Palace Yard. People who have also visited Linlithgow Palace may have a double take because the fountain ( constructed in 1859) is actually modelled on a much older, similar edifice at Linlithgow.

The following images are of the Palace exterior, as photographs of the interior are not permitted.

The North West tower dates from the 16th century and is all that survives of the pre-Civil War palace. The remainder is late 17th century to the design of Sir William Bruce, executed by Robert Mylne, the King’s Master Mason. It will be noted that Bruce balanced the old tower with one on the north east thereby forming a grand arcaded quadrangle between the two towers tied by a rusticated screen wall.

The contract to rebuild the Palace is dated 1672 and survives in full detail.

The Palace is located at the foot of the Royal Mile and definitely worth a visit. The interior is very grand .

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This evening, I am presenting a couple of images of the impressive Royal High School at Edinburgh.

This is attributed to Thomas Hamilton 1825-29 and is considered a building of international stature that most justified Edinburgh’s sobriquet Athens of the North.

There is evidence to suggest that this building was designed to be integrated with the nearby National Monument to create an Edinburgh Acropolis. The central Doric temple contains the splendid oval hall with shallow coffered ceiling, and cast iron columns supporting the balcony.

A fine piece of architecture with a superb aspect facing Salisbury Crags

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Today we are visiting Edinburgh with a tour to include Castle, Cathedral, Old Parliament, New Parialment and Holyrood House.