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Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the 15th century the castle's residential role declined, and by the 17th century its principal role was as a military base with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognised from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since. As one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts, from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, up to the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions.
Few of the present buildings pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century, when the medieval fortifications were largely destroyed by artillery bombardment. The most notable exceptions are St Margaret's Chapel, which dates from the early 12th century and is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh,[2] the Royal Palace, and the early-16th-century Great Hall. The castle also houses the Honours of Scotland, the Scottish National War Memorial, and the National War Museum of Scotland.

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SargeH

I really appreciate the commentary laurajane adds to her pix. They make doing the puzzle a lot more interesting to do. I've visited the castle. It is quite a site and a sight.

pkin38

Awesome thanks LJ

PLG1958

Wonderful! Thanks!

CelesteH

wow wonderful shot Laurajane :)

puzzeljac

Beautiful, thanks

robryan

Great pic Laura - thanks.

laurajane

No, Dodiedee, Dingleton Hospital is in Melrose, not Edinburgh. It is 40 miles south east of the castle in this photo.
Thanks to all who commented...bentleyd, chickiemama, lyndee, photogent, goingsilver, morris, pumpkinhead and Dodiedee!
Morris...when were you in Scotland and where did you go?

pumpkinhead

Such an amazing sight, and what a history! Sitting there atop the rock...the perfect place for defending a castle. Thank you, Laura!

morris186

thnks for the great picture and the history of the castle, laura! I drove past it on my trip through Scotland. It sure is a sit to see!

goingsilver

Great set Laura. I must get myself to Edinburgh sometime!

photogent

This is a great photo LJ thank you for the information.

lyndee

This is my favorite so far Laurajane. However, I still haven't done all of them yet.

chickiemama

Nice shot Laura.

bentleyd

Very interesting laurajane, thank you:-)

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