search the site
 daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Photo Forums > Urban Showcase

Urban Showcase Show your selfmade photos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old October 30th, 2015, 12:47 AM   #1
El_Greco
Épater la Bourgeoisie
 
El_Greco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London/Taipei
Posts: 19,307
Likes (Received): 8125

Edinburgh - A Gothic Capital By The Volcano

Half a capital and half a country town, the whole city leads a double existence; it has long trances of the one and flashes of the other; like the king of the Black Isles, it is half alive and half a monumental marble.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The story of Edinburgh is a story of two cities...and indeed two countries...The Auld Reekie and The New Town. One gloomy, claustrophobic, atmospheric...gothic...the other light, airy, stately, classical. For a long time the city was the centre of Scottish political and cultural life, and one of the most important cities in Europe. But then with the passing of the Acts of Union in 1706 and 1707 the parliament and the king decamped to the far away London...And the city went "quiet". Jeered and sneered at by other Scots, Edinburgh stood still in time. The city fathers tried to save the situation by commissioning 26 year old James Craig to build the model new city - New Town - the elegant playground for the rich. But it failed, by 1821 Edinburgh had been overtaken by Glasgow...It wasn't until 1990s that Irvine Welsh and the Trainspotting crew brought the city back to the worldwide attention. Rentboy and Spud running down Princes Street reminded the world that Edinburgh was still here, still kicking. And today more so than ever - with the return of the Scottish Parliament, birth of The Fringe and Military Tattoo, Edinburgh is firmly back on the European map.

1. After 8 hours of nearly sleepless night on the Caledonian Sleeper train this was our first glimpse of the city. The gothic architecture and autumn foliage provided for an amazing sight.



2. The view towards the Old Town from the New Town. The building with two towers is Edinburgh's University's New College building, built in 1846. Sorry for the camera shake.



3. The imposing Edinburgh Castle - no mere tourist attraction - it is still a working military site and the home of Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It is perched on an extinct volcano high above the city. The site has been occupied since the Bronze Age, however current buildings date onwards from 12th century.



4. Edinburgh is easily the most spectacularly located city in the UK. Here's the view over the rooftops of the Old Town towards the Salisbury Crags. Can you spot people making their ascent?



5. Here's the Old College of University of Edinburgh. An imposing Georgian structure completed in 1791.



6. As we can see Old Town is still a place to live and work. Despite it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site there's quite a few modern constructions. Before settling for a hotel we thought of renting an apartment. Some of the ones we saw were quite amazing - bright, airy and modern.



7. The nasty monstrosity of Argyle House...ewwww....



8. The views from the little steps leading towards the Castle, Edinburgh has fantastic topography which offers many different views over the city.



9. The view towards the Grassmarket.



10. View from one of the many alleyways or as they are called in Edinburgh Closes. The massive building in the background is The Balmoral the luxury 5 star hotel built in 1902.



11. Wonderfully old buildings on West Bow.



12. George Heriot's School. 1693.



13. The view towards Castle Hill from the Castle Esplanade. Wonderful view!



14. A bit wider view. Note the mountains. The white building on the left is apartment block. Most cost quite a bit!



15. The view over the old town from the Castle Esplanade.



16. I returned towards the evening and done this 30 second exposure.



17. In the other direction...



18. Zoomed in...



19. Cowgate.



20. The view towards the Castle from Castle Hill. On the left is The Witchery - a luxury restaurant - with a gothic feel inside.



21. The Hub the offices and a performance space for the Edinburgh International Festival housed in former General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.



22. At dusk looking towards the Castle.



23. The Gothic wonderland. The inner-courtyard of the New College.



24. The Lawnmarket and some of Edinburgh's pretty tall tenements. Indeed Edinburgh together with Yemen's Shibam is the home to some of the oldest skyscrapers in the World. Some buildings reach 10 storeys high! I visited one of them. We shall see photos from there later on!



25. The side street at dusk.



to be continued
El_Greco no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old October 30th, 2015, 01:03 AM   #2
openlyJane
Human Being
 
openlyJane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Liverpool
Posts: 30,991
Likes (Received): 42061

Great start!
openlyJane no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 01:03 AM   #3
paul62
Yonner
 
paul62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Aldehulme
Posts: 10,494
Likes (Received): 25541

Great stuff.
__________________
........................................................................
..............................................


[email protected]
Greater Manchester,UK. 2012 - 2015
Liverpool,UK.
Leeds,UK.
Bradford,UK.



El_Greco liked this post
paul62 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 02:17 AM   #4
El_Greco
Épater la Bourgeoisie
 
El_Greco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London/Taipei
Posts: 19,307
Likes (Received): 8125

Thanks
__________________
My Travels : Barcelona|Edinburgh|Glasgow|London|Madrid|New York|Paris|Taipei|Vilnius
El_Greco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 03:08 AM   #5
AbidM
Registered User
 
AbidM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: London/Sunamganj Sadar
Posts: 1,816
Likes (Received): 1313

The lawnmarkets are leaning slightly, hauntingly beautiful I'd say.
__________________
"We're all victims of the architect. Architecture is the only art that you can't help but feel. You can avoid paintings, you can avoid music, and you can even avoid history. But good luck getting away from architecture." - Humans of New York

El_Greco liked this post
AbidM no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 06:47 AM   #6
skymantle
Registered User
 
skymantle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,764
Likes (Received): 3015

great pics, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and one of my favourites too...
__________________

El_Greco liked this post
skymantle no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 07:13 AM   #7
shik2005
Registered User
 
shik2005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Khabarovsk
Posts: 2,415
Likes (Received): 12007

Great pics!
shik2005 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 12:01 PM   #8
Pedy
Registered User
 
Pedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sud-Est Sicily
Posts: 610
Likes (Received): 123

Nice start!
__________________

El_Greco liked this post
Pedy no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 02:30 PM   #9
diddyD
Secret agent
 
diddyD's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,621
Likes (Received): 1163

Superb.
__________________

El_Greco liked this post
diddyD no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 07:13 PM   #10
Nightsky
Illustrator
 
Nightsky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Malmö
Posts: 6,066
Likes (Received): 3670

Great pics of this gothic city!
__________________
A like means a lot! But one word says more then a thousand likes.

Website about my travels and buildings in USA and Europe -many cool pics:
http://www.worldtravelimages.net

All my diagram drawings - more than 700!:
http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?14670510

El_Greco liked this post
Nightsky no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 30th, 2015, 11:33 PM   #11
El_Greco
Épater la Bourgeoisie
 
El_Greco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London/Taipei
Posts: 19,307
Likes (Received): 8125

Thanks a lot, guys, for the kind words, but we need more comments, because comments are good. So comment and like. Yeah?

__________________
My Travels : Barcelona|Edinburgh|Glasgow|London|Madrid|New York|Paris|Taipei|Vilnius
El_Greco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 12:03 AM   #12
agus_southMVD
Registered User
 
agus_southMVD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Montevideo, Lund
Posts: 1,810
Likes (Received): 1128

Beautiful pics! Love the look of the city, really imposing. I also love it when you can see many layers of buildings of different styles and times forming compositions in the slopes of the city.

Fantastic.
__________________

El_Greco liked this post
agus_southMVD no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 12:39 AM   #13
gmacruyff
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 7,059
Likes (Received): 1382

The First photo is the view from Princess Street,the main street in Edinburgh!

Its also taken about 100m from the Balmoral Hotel,where J.K.Rowling wrote most of her Harry Potter books!
__________________

El_Greco liked this post
gmacruyff está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 01:33 AM   #14
Benonie
Bike It!
 
Benonie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 20,773
Likes (Received): 18635

I always wanted to visit this northern pearl. Great stuff, looking forward to more pictures.
Benonie no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 03:01 AM   #15
El_Greco
Épater la Bourgeoisie
 
El_Greco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London/Taipei
Posts: 19,307
Likes (Received): 8125

Quote:
Originally Posted by agus_southMVD View Post
Beautiful pics! Love the look of the city, really imposing. I also love it when you can see many layers of buildings of different styles and times forming compositions in the slopes of the city.

Fantastic.
Thank you!

Definitely. I liked that as well.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gmacruyff View Post
The First photo is the view from Princess Street,the main street in Edinburgh!

Its also taken about 100m from the Balmoral Hotel,where J.K.Rowling wrote most of her Harry Potter books!
What of The Elephant House? I thought that's where she wrote them?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Benonie View Post
I always wanted to visit this northern pearl. Great stuff, looking forward to more pictures.
Do it.
__________________
My Travels : Barcelona|Edinburgh|Glasgow|London|Madrid|New York|Paris|Taipei|Vilnius

Benonie liked this post
El_Greco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 03:17 AM   #16
Moschops
Registered User
 
Moschops's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 872
Likes (Received): 1109

Quote:
Originally Posted by gmacruyff View Post

Its also taken about 100m from the Balmoral Hotel,where J.K.Rowling wrote most of her Harry Potter books!
Pretty sure she finished the last chapter of the last Potter book in a suite in the Balmoral, but she was far too skint when she started to be able to afford to stay there. And seeing as she lives in Edinburgh, she only booked in to the Balmoral to make it a 'thing' that she finished the book there.

Quote:
Originally Posted by El_Greco View Post

What of The Elephant House? I thought that's where she wrote them?
The Elephant House is certainly the now-accepted venue of where the early stuff was supposed to be written but I'm pretty sure the first few times I heard the story of how as an impoverished single mum she used to sit in a cafe writing it was supposed to be a place on South Bridge that I can't remember the name of. I dare say it's entirely possible that there was more than one cafe she liked to go to...
__________________

El_Greco liked this post
Moschops no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 04:07 AM   #17
El_Greco
Épater la Bourgeoisie
 
El_Greco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London/Taipei
Posts: 19,307
Likes (Received): 8125

^ Thanks for the insight, very interesting. My wife and I went to the Elephant House for lunch (we had lasagne ). The place was packed with Chinese and American tourists as well as local hipsters. The view from the windows is lovely as well, unfortunately someone was sitting just by the window with the best view, so I didn't take any photos as I didn't want to shove my camera in her face. Next time.

Lets continue.

26. After the lunch at the aforementioned Elephant House we want for a little walk in the neighbourhood. Here we have The Central Library built in 1890. I was studying old maps of Edinburgh and while most of the city has changed beyond recognition (thanks to those interfering busy-body Victorians), some places have remained more or less unchanged. This street - Candlemaker Row is one of them. The church spire we see here belongs to St Mary Magdalene Chapel built in 1544. It was financed by a certain Janet Rynd. It included accommodation for a chaplain and four poor men who's job was to pray especially for the Mary Queen of Scots.



27. Continuing down the Candlemaker Row. Wonderful skyline Edinburgh has. Very few cities have such great views from the street level.



28. Levels and levels. Fantastic. Candlemaker Row is famous as a home to the spooky and haunted (oh yeah!) Greyfriars Kirkyard. We will see photos from there later!



29. A nice modern addition. Sadly we didn't go up there. Next time I guess..? In the same courtyard I found an ancient doorway with Latin inscription (can anyone translate it?) - "Sedes Manet Optima Coelo 1638".



30. The building on the left is City Chamber built in 1761. Although I bet it incorporated much older structure. It stands at whooping 10 storeys high. I went inside.

__________________
My Travels : Barcelona|Edinburgh|Glasgow|London|Madrid|New York|Paris|Taipei|Vilnius

dj4life, Moschops, AbidM, cpwken, openlyJane and 16 others liked this post
El_Greco no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 01:35 PM   #18
christos-greece
Moderator!
 
christos-greece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 172,335
Likes (Received): 238645

Great, very nice photos from Edinburgh
__________________
Urban Showcase: Athens Kalamata Trikala Thessaloniki
Cityscapes: Paris Barcelona Dubai, U.A.E. Monte Carlo, Monaco
General photography: Castles of France - Chateau de France and, since May of '08: Greece!

El_Greco liked this post
christos-greece no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 05:07 PM   #19
alexandru.mircea
Ars longa, vita brevis
 
alexandru.mircea's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 8,877
Likes (Received): 10682

Gret stuff so far. I thought I had seen all the beautiful images and angles and this city has to offer but your pics make me feel like seeing it for the first time again. Cheers.
__________________
Doors and architecture of my town.

===

Italian cities: pure beauty / France - One photo a day / Bucharest: timelapse + architecture

===

In Praise Of Dirty, Sexy / Boring Cities

El_Greco liked this post
alexandru.mircea no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 31st, 2015, 11:44 PM   #20
El_Greco
Épater la Bourgeoisie
 
El_Greco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: London/Taipei
Posts: 19,307
Likes (Received): 8125

31. City Chambers. 10 storeys (one hidden from view at the bottom) + two storeys worth entrance. How many is that? 12? Pretty impressive!



32. Inside City Chambers. Looking down from the top. Sadly the top windows are all stained glass so can't see the view of the city at all...



33. Warriston Close leading up to the Royal Mile.



34. There are many narrow stepped alleyways in the Old Town, here's Milne's Court.



35. Random closes.



36.



37. In the old days these alleyways heaved with activity as many entrances to the buildings were located off them. The tall tenements themselves housed all classes. There were poor in the basements or the garrets, the well off in the middle.



38. Advocates Close. You can see the hotel we stayed in on the right.



39. At night.



40. Milne's court again. It was built in 1692 by Robert Mylne, Master Mason to the King and soon became a fashionable place to live. Today it is a university hall of residence.

El_Greco no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu