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48 Hours in Edinburgh
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A wood-panelled location houses the sculptures of Bourdelle, Epstein, Hepworth, Moore and Rickey; the museum is found in an imposing neo-classical building. The collection stresses Scottish art of the 20th century it also offers the visitor an excellent insight into the main international movements; nabism and fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, primitivism and abstract Russian art, abstract art, Paris School, Nouveau realism, St Ives school, Pop Art and finally minimalism.
This huge, classic style building contains painting collections exhibited in rooms furnished according to the period and connected by arched passageways. The museum exhibits important European works from the Renaissance and Postimpressionist era (Rafael, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Monet, Van Gogh). The English school is also well represented with works by Turner, Gainsborough and Constable. Admire the Scottish paintings (Jamesone, Ramsay, McTaggart and the Glasgow School).
Here you will find out anything and everything you have always wanted to know about whisky, from the production of the peat to the final bottling and maturation processes.
Perched on the Castle Rock site, the castle looks impressive. By turns, fortress, royal residence and military garrison, the castle is an ensemble of buildings built on several levels of a more civil than military appearance and joined by cobbled paths, making it feel like a big village. As well as the esplanade used for the Military Tattoo and the fortifications that afford a superb view of Princes Street, you must see the Scottish crown jewels, housed in the Royal Palace.
The Nor'Loch valley was filled when development work started on the new town, then made into gardens reserved for the residents of the town. They were finally open to the public in 1876 and today offer an agreeable place to take refuge from the commotion of Prince's street.
The National Covenant was signed (1638) in this 17C Church, of which there is a copy inside. Its cemetery, the oldest in Edinburgh, is famous for its Statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful dog which guarded the tomb of his master for 14years
The new Scottish Parliament building is due to be inaugurated in 2001. The design is credited to the Catalonian architect Enric Mirales. The building is formed of groups of small buildings that form a scallop shell shapes, linked together by glass corridors.
The Holy Rood monastery (Saint Crucifix) was founded here in 1128 by King David the 1st shortly after the monarch had survived an attack from an enraged stag while hunting in the forest. The roof-less knave is all that remains of these formerly grandiose Abbey. It dates from the late 12 early 13C., an era which is recalled here with some beautiful detailed sculptures. Several kings of England have been buried in the royal tomb, reconstructed by Queen Victoria,
A theatre for dramatic events, Holyroodhouse (15 -17C.) was originally a guest house responsible to the Abbey. The Stuart kings converted it into a royal residence and Charles II commissioned William Bruce to design a new layout. The Castle became a royal residence again under Queen Victoria. The buildings of the interior court are a fine example of the renaissance period. Notice the decoration of the State apartments, especially the high relief of the ceilings in the sumptuous day room.
Britannia set sail from a naval shipyard on the Clyde in April 1953. A symbol of post imperial loyalty, the vessel was decommissioned to in 1997; it had travelled by then more than 2 million kilometres. You can stroll round the floating palace, the engine rooms and the royal apartments and discover the very exact rules, which governed life on board.