Half Moon Battery

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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A shot of Edinburgh Castle from Johnston Terrace. This view lets you see part of the formidable rock upon which it stands.

On the right is the Half Moon Battery. Built between 1573-88 on the orders of the Regent Morton after the Lang Seige, The Half Moon battery is an impressive part of the castle’s defenses, giving the cannons a wide angel of fire behind tall, sloping unsurmountable walls.

Behind the Half Moon Battery is the Royal Palace. The Palace was the official royal residence of the Stewart kings and queens. Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James VI (and 1st of England) on 19th June 1566 in a small chamber room known as Queen Mary’s Room.

The Palace is home to the Honours or Regalia of Scotland, the Scottish Crown Jewels which are on display in the Crown Room along with the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s Coronation Stone which was returned to Scotland in 1996.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles. Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock.

Edinburgh Castle is a collection of buildings many of which are Historic Scotland Category A or B Listed Buildings. As an example, the Half Moon Battery is part of a group of Category A Listed Buildings (HB Number 28010).

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

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