Edinburgh’s Castle & The Royal Mile

Published Date Author: , January 20th, 2014

Edinburgh - Carlos meliaOne of the many attractions. I got to see during my visit to Edinburgh, was the Edinburgh’s Castle, after a lovely 10 minutes stroll along The Royal Mile. The Castle itself looks beautiful and omnipresent, from most points around the city, now once you cross the gates and inside the fortress, I found it to be a bit of a wua wua moment.

Mea Culpa, I must admit, I was in a rush and had not time to take one of their self guided tours, which perhaps would have changed my entire experience. But I found it quite boring and staged. My sole purpose of coming all the way up Castlehill wast to explore The Royal Mile and once inside the castle, get to see the Honours of Scotland including the glittering crown jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny (with which I am totally obsessed, and beyond happy I’ve got to see). Aslo I found quite interesting visiting St. Margaret’s Chapel , the oldest building in all Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation’s story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it. The Scots and English struggled for control of the castle during the Wars of Independence.

With The Stone of Destiny, which many believe has extraterrestrial origins, Kings of Scotland were enthroned on this enigmatic stone for centuries. But in 1296, the English King Edward I took the Stone from Scone near Perth and had it built into his throne. It has since been part of the coronation ceremonies of most monarchs of England and, later, Great Britain.

In 1996, the Stone of Destiny, on which kings were enthroned for centuries, was returned to Scotland. It is now displayed in the Crown Room. The Crown, Sceptre and Sword of State are the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles. The Sceptre was presented to James IV by Pope Alexander VI in 1494 while the Crown was first worn by James V for the coronation of his wife, Queen Mary of Guise in 1540. (unfortunately no photos are allowed)

At St Margaret’s Chapel, experience a little peace inside the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh. This serene chapel was built by David I in about 1130 as a private place of worship for the royal family.

The King dedicated the chapel to his saintly mother, Queen Margaret. Its decorated chancel arch is part of the original structure, although other features, such as the stained glass windows, are more recent. It is still used for christenings and weddings.

The Royal Mile is the name given to a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The name suggests, is approximately one Scots mile long and runs downhill between two significant locations, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

The streets which make up the Royal Mile are (west to east) Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, the High Street, the Canongate and Abbey Strand. Today, the Royal Mile is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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