Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Signage posts around the castle state that people have been inhabiting this rock (site of castle) for over 3000 years. Thankfully for us, the did a little redecorating throughout the years. Edinburgh Castle, like many others, has gone through a very predictable life cycle. 1) primitive dwelling-place of people.. 2) walled city in which a town functions. 3) after the town outgrows the confines of the walls, they spread outward and the walled castle is reserved for the Royals. 4) when the Royals find new and better places to live, it becomes a military base and a tactical stronghold. 5) finally when no longer needed for military reasons, the castle becomes a tourist attraction. Edinburgh Castle still occupies #4 and #5. As a result, there are still people living there and many buildings have been recently added and updated. But even without this fact, the castle has gone through many changes over the years.
But the rock from the leveled buildings remained, and has been recycled into new buildings.
This castle was also home to Mary Queen of Scots, and is the place where she gave birth to her only child: King James VI of Scotland. Later to become Kim James I of England, thus peacefully uniting the 2 countries ever since.
Prime attraction is of course the crown jewels. Oldest in the British Isles they were made in the 15th and 16th centuries. These have been protected and secured for years. In 1941 they were burried beneath David's tower in the castle for fear of an attack from the Germans during the War. They weren't taken out again until 1953 to be used in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Also on display is the Stone of Destiny. Used for coronations of Scottish monarchs of old. Symbolizing the uniting of King/Queen with the Earth and thus the People. Stolen in 1296 by King Edward, it sat in London under the throne in the West Minister Abby until it was 'stolen' back 700 years later. It does still hold the condition that it will be returned to the Westminister for future coronation ceremonies.
An interesting journey into the past, this castle was different for me in the fact that there were genuine artifacts to see, the history related to knowledge I already had, and it was still being used! Not quite like my enchanted castle, but a wonderful journey all the same.