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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Old and New Towns of Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Old Town
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a World Heritage Site of Edinburgh, Scotland. br>
The Old Town preserves the medieval plan and many historic buildings of the Reformation-era. It comprises Edinburgh Castle on one end, and the Royal Mile, which comprises several different streets, leading from it. Branching out from the Royal Mile are narrow alleyways called closes, many of which are just a few feet wide. They lead downhill on either sides of the Royal Mile in a herringbone pattern.


Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
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The New Town is the central area of Edinburgh. It was developed in stages between 1765 and 1850, and is often hailed as a masterpiece of city planning. Its most famous street, Princes Street, faces Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town, separated by a depression which was formerly Nor Loch.

Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were together inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 19th session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, Germany, on 4 - 9 December, 1995.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 55 57 W 3 13 Lothian Region, Scotland.
Inscription Year: 1995
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV

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