Edinburgh - a beautiful town
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Let’s start off with the basics. Edinburgh is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Here are a couple of quotes about this glorious historic town: “The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe.” Sir John Betjeman. “Probably the most beautiful city we have ever seen.” The Black Eyed Peas. If Sir John Betjeman, one of Britain’s great post war poets, and the Black Eyed Peas agree about Edinburgh, then who are we to disagree?
It is a city renowned for its wealth of gothic architecture (over 4,500 listed buildings) and this is nowhere more evident than in the Old Town, a treasure trove of style, which includes the medieval fortress of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, as well as plenty of squares, nooks and crannies to get lost in.
The “New Town”, in turn, dates back to the 18th century and is largely held in neoclassical design and includes many Georgian terraces.
It is in part this combination of medieval architecture and neoclassical design that gives Edinburgh such a unique character.
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Besides the physical beauty, Edinburgh is also a city of culture – the Athens of the North, so to speak, a place of art and ideas.
Yet it also knows how to enjoy itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in the yearly Edinburgh festivals, one of the largest of its kind in the world, if not the largest, that takes in comedy, theatre, music the arts – the works.
The Edinburgh Festivals are an “unmissable” event, in our opinion and everyone should pencil in a visit in August at least once or twice in their lifetime to experience this unique ongoing occasion.
Anyway, we’ll end with another quote, this time by Alan Bold:
”Edinburgh lays itself open like a secret solved; there’s no leaving Edinburgh, No shifting it around: it stays with you, always.”