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Friday, 9 July 2010

10 Things You Didn't Know About the City of Edinburgh

1) Edinburgh, is the capital of Scotland and, like the city of Rome, was built on seven hills.

2) The City of Edinburgh is 100 square miles in area (26113 hectares).

3) Edinburgh was the first city in the world which had its own fire-brigade.

4) Like Chicago, Edinburgh is also known as the "Windy City".

5) Edinburgh is twinned with Dunedin in New Zealand. Dunedin is the Gaelic form of Edinburgh.

6) Edinburgh has three Universities; the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, and Napier University.

7) The population of Edinburgh includes 222,020 women but only 196,894 men!

8) The first animal to be bought by Edinburgh Zoo was a gannet, which cost 18p and now appears on the crest of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

9) A full-scale model of Edinburgh Castle, used in the late 1990s when the Capital’s Tattoo visited Wellington, is still in storage in New Zealand.

10) The world-famous Mound linking the Old Town and New Town is an artificial hill begun in 1783. It contains 1,501,000 cartloads of earth from the foundations of Princes Street.

There is a chapter about the city of Edinburgh in Scottish Miscellany - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Scotland the Brave. Pre-order your copy today!

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