Architecture in Edinburgh

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A city renown for it's history and culture, Edinburgh is home to extraordinary architecture and urban planning. The striking contrast of the Old Town and New Town creates an unique backdrop for some outstanding contemporary architecture.

Scottish ambition and national pride is reflected in much of the key architecture found within the city.

Scottish Parliament Building

Quite probably the most controversial building in Scotland, partly for the enormous cost of construction at over £400 million, the Scottish Parliament building has nonetheless won numerous awards including the 2005 Stirling Prize. The building makes an ambitious cultural statement about the ambitions of the Scottish people for greater self-governance.This is also the final building of renown post-modernist Catalan architect Enric Miralles, who died before its completion.

St Giles’ Cathedral

The most historically significant church in the city, this is a landmark  of a scale and grandeur unmatched in Edinburgh’s iconic Old Town.It is also one of the oldest buildings in the city.

National Museum of Scotland building

Victorian architecture meets contextual Modernism in Scotland’s most significant museum, showcasing both collections from around the world and the birth and rise of Scotland as a nation.The 1998 extension by was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 1999, and features striking contemporary interpretations of elements found in vernacular Scottish architecture.

Visit because

A city renown for it's history and culture, Edinburgh is home to extraordinary architecture and urban planning. The striking contrast of the Old Town and New Town creates an unique backdrop for some outstanding contemporary architecture.

Scottish ambition and national pride is reflected in much of the key architecture found within the city.