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Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.1865 | © WikiCommons // Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.2011 | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr
Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.1865 | © WikiCommons // Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.2011 | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr

Then and Now: Can You Recognise Edinburgh From These Old Pictures?

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 1 August 2017
Between its organic medieval Old Town architecture and planned Georgian New Town masterpieces, Edinburgh’s buildings represent the city’s history in bricks and mortar. Each stone slab, each carving, each patch of land, whispers the untold secrets of Edinburgh’s bygone past. Here, we compare old and new pictures of Scotland’s Athens of the North.

The life-affirming cityscape view from Calton Hill is one of the most popular spots to photograph bonnie Edinburgh. Some things never change.

Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.1865
Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.1865 | © WikiCommons
Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.2011
Edinburgh From Calton Hill c.2011 | © Bernt Rostad/Flickr

Oh, Princes St! Can you spot the Scottish Gothic rocket ship that is the Scott Monument? Just think — those 287 vertigo-inducing steps have stood their ground since the 1800s.