Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano.
  • The Royal Mile is actually one mile and 107 yards long.
  • Edinburgh was the first city in the entire world to have its own fire service.
  • J.K. Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter in an Edinburgh café (The Elephant) and took inspiration from the landscape for her characters and locations.
  • The National Monument on Calton Hill is known as “Edinburgh’s Folly” or “Edinburgh’s Shame.” It was modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, but funding for the build ran out and it was never completed.
  • Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world.

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