Aberdeen, Scotland. Day 31, 29th July 2013.
On the way back to the airport I stopped off in Old Aberdeen. Originally separate, it was included in Aberdeen City in 1895. It includes a University dating back to 1495, the fifth oldest in the English-speaking world.
The cobbled streets and the stone houses are signs of the age of the area.
Not everything is old, though. This is Sir Duncan Rice Library, the University library.
The Powis Gate, erected in 1834, originally the entrance to an estate.
King’s College, dating from 1495. So, quick general knowledge question – which King would that be?
Now, I got this wrong. I immediately thought of Henry VII but that’s the English King, not the Scottish one. It’s James IV, who married Margaret, elder sister of Henry VIII (as he would come to be) and thereby created the claim for his great-grandson James VI of Scotland to become James I of England.
Part of an internal courtyard in King’s College.
Posts will slow down for a while. I have a Blues Festival to attend over the weekend and I expect lots of processing, then another expedition in a few weeks….
Oh, the spotlessness of everything. As a Roman, stand in awe (and lots of rubbish)…
I may well try standing in awe in lots of rubbish in Rome myself one of these days.
What streets! Love all the stone and antiquity. Where Annie Lennox was born and raised!
Yes, it must be little changed for a long time. I didn’t realise Annie Lennox came from there!
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