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A popular meeting place situated between East and West Princes Street Gardens at The Mound, the National Galleries of Scotland look after one of the world’s finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Designed by the architect William Henry Playfair (1790-1857), the National Gallery of Scotland (the building on the left) and the Royal Scottish Academy (the building on the right) stand in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The National Gallery of Scotland is an Historic Scotland Category: A listed building (HB Number 27679).

The Royal Scottish Academy is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27744).

Although originally built as separate structures, their histories have long been intertwined, and since the completion of the Playfair Project in 2004, they have been physically joined by the underground Weston Link.

Prince Albert layed the foundation stone of the National Gallery at The Mound on 30 August, 1850. The Gallery was finally opened to the public on 24 March, 1859. The building is shared by the National Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Click here for an aerial view.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS


Three bracketed RAWs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2.
Some perspective correction in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • joak
    joakabout 4 years ago

    superb tom this must huv took ye ages tae pit that info together!

  • He cheers mate, actually, I have several views of these buildings already so I just re-used the text from the earlier shots. I really enjoy the history …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture of these glorious buildings dear Tom! I agree with Joak above, must have taken ages to do the links!! Instant fave! S:)x

  • Thank you so much dear Sandi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 4 years ago

    stunning capture Tom

  • Cheers mate. Hope your wife is on the mend and how is the thumb?

    – Tom Gomez

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Tom, Happy 2011 to you and yours! We had actually wondered what these buildigs were on passing but to date had not gotten to investigating further – at least now we know, so thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you kindly my friend, Happy New Year, hope you are all well …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous view and capture!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Super picture, Tom!

  • Cheers young David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManabout 4 years ago

    Which one is yours Tom ? Cracking shot and treatment

  • Thank you kindly Alex …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Tom.

  • Cheers Gary my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

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