core of Edinburgh’s tourist sights is the Royal
, the downtown area that extends east from medieval
Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which continues
as a royal residence when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
is in town. Along the mile-and-107-yard stretch, St.
stands tribute to centuries of Scotland’s
history with its Gothic
and unique crown-shaped spire. Inside
where reformer John Knox once preached, hundreds of memorials,
the famous Thistle Chapel and stunning stained-glass
instill the same reverence experienced by worshippers
for a thousand years.
Similar in architecture is the Scott
, a memorial to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott
that can be climbed for a panoramic city view.
of the Mile is the royal Palace at Holyroodhouse
as well as the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament building.
To the west
high atop an extinct volcano, is Edinburgh
. Here you can visit the Scottish Crown Jewels
in a palace on Crown
, explore cannon
that defended the fortress or see a medieval
up close and personal.