Monday, March 10, 2014

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, also commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the Scottish monarch in Scotland.
Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to EdinburghCastle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.

Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyroodhouse Palace), founded in 1128 at the order of King David I of Scotland, is located in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.  It is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.  It has served as the main residence for royalty for a long time.

This Palace is the Queen's official Edinburgh residence and has frequently been at the center of Scottish history, it was where James II and James IV were each married, where James V and Charles I were crowned, and where "Bonnie Prince Charlie" held court in 1745.

For an extra fee, you might also want to take in the Queen's Gallery, which hangs exhibits from the Her Majesty's Royal Collection. And if you want a bit of fresh air, head out to Holyrood Park and climb to Arthur's Seat, another U.S. News' top attraction.

The Queen's Gallery was formed within the shell of the former Holyrood Free Church and Duchess of Gordon's School built in the 1840s adjacent to the palace and opened to the public in 2002 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.

The castle was looted and severely damaged during a war in 1544 and since then it has been rebuilt and completely restored. The architecture in this palace takes you back in time and the many decorations and paintings inside it will capture your attention and your imagination.

Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies.

Holyrood Palace was re-constructed in its present form between 1671 and 1679 to the Baroque design of the architect Sir William Bruce, forming four wings around a central courtyard, with a west front linking the 16th-century north-west tower with a matching south-west tower.

Admission: £10.30 with Student ID

You will always remember the time when you visited this beautiful place that is full of history and culture.

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