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5 Of Edinburgh’s Most Stunning Buildings

in travel journal Tripwolf.com

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

In light of the news that the ‘Banana Flats’ has been given protective status, we will take a look at some of the most beautiful buildings scattered across the Scottish capital. Ranging from 12th to 21st Century designs such as the luxury apartments at Quartermile, Edinburgh is renowned for its rich architecture. Whatever your preference, thereis a building for everyone.

Made famous to many by Irvine Welsh’s famous novel Trainspotting and more recently featuring in the film T2, the block of flats called Cables Wynd House, have been given category A listed status. Also known as the ‘Banana Flats’ due to their distinctive curve shape,Cable Wynd House is quite rightly considered to be iconic.

However, in the 1980s, the complex gained the reputation of being at the centre of drug use during Edinburgh’s heroin epidemic.This set of flatsdid have a strong and malign influence - but despite this Cables Wynd Houseis now considered to befundamentally part of Scotland’s diverse and rich heritage – and as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This new protective status given to them prevents any alteration or demolition.

Then there is Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps an obvious choice as one of the most stunning building in the city, but have you seen it? Perched on top of the volcanic plug, Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle stands majestically to be seen from everywhere, by everyone. The best views can be seen gazing up at it from Grassmarket not to mention the views from inside the castle itself.

Even up close, the fortress wreaks beauty; one can truly appreciate its stunning towers and impressive Half Moon Battery that gave the cannons the all-important wide angles. Dominating the skyline, Edinburgh Castle is the best-defended castle in Scottish history, and asone of the most exciting and beautiful historic sites, it is guaranteed to take your breath away.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is indisputably one of Edinburgh’s most stunning attractions and well worth a visit. It goes without saying that as the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, the palace has a pronounced sense of opulence and splendour. The palace is surrounded by effortlessly well-groomed gardens contributing greatly to the grandeur of the building. This site is a dream for photographers and naturally is home to some fantastic walks where you can really appreciate and immerse yourself in the beauty and extraordinary history of this palace.

Designed to fit seamlessly into the rugged and infamous landscape of Edinburgh, the somewhat controversial Post-Modern Scottish Parliament complex features geometric shapes and glass to mirror the beauty of the city. It is strikingly unique which both contrasts and complements other buildings in Edinburgh very successfully. The impressive and imposing building is situated at the foot of the Royal Mile and was officially opened in 2004. This fine piece of modern architecture incorporates non-hierarchical, anti-classical values, embracing the landscape in an organic and intelligently thought out way.

It would be criminal to not include the University of Edinburgh Library in the top 5 most stunning buildings. A vast labyrinth of knowledge is housed on each floor of this incredible centre for learning, which dominates an acre of land to accommodate the University’s strong collection. Designed by Sir Basil Spence in 1967, this building is situated on the southwest corner of George Square, which is thought to be the quietest area of the square.

Want to live amid all this, surrounded by all this history and beauty? Explore the striking range of apartments available at Quartermile in the heart of this thriving, vibrant city, overlooking the Meadows.

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