Here's my three hotspot factoids for this month! The photo is taken from the eastern side of Princes Street Gardens, looking south towards the Old Town.
The silhouette of the Old Town, with all its rooftops and windows and distinctive buildings, is one of my all-time favourite views. And here's three of the most prominent structures that you can see from Princes Street...
The Bank of Scotland building was formerly the headquarters of the organisation. Founded just a year after the Bank of England, in 1695, the building at the top of the Mound (on what became Bank Street) has been here since 1806. At the top of the building is a statue of the Greek goddess Nike, traditionally the winged goddess of victory. (Due to Edinburgh's tendency toward high winds, our Nike is wing-less!)
The Hub is instantly recognisable on the city's skyline. Built as St John's Highland Tolbooth Church in the 1840s, the building today houses the administrative offices (and ticket office, and performance spaces, and cafe) of the Edinburgh International Festival. The spire is the tallest church spire in the city, and the cross is the highest point in the city - higher than the flagpole at Edinburgh Castle!
The two towers of Edinburgh University's New College today houses the school of divinity, and is also the meeting place for the Church of Scotland's annual General Assembly. Built on a central alignment with the Hub, from a distance it can appear as part of the same building - in fact Castlehill runs between the two structures.
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Edinburgh Expert is run by Gareth Davies, an adopted native of Edinburgh with 18 years of experience living and working in the city.