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Auld Reekie

Every August the city of Edinburgh explodes into life hosting six of its 12 annual arts and cultural celebrations in the space of one month with the International Festival, International Book Festival, Art Festival, Festival Fringe, Mela and Royal Military Tattoo dominating city life for weeks. In the heart of Auld Reekie stands the sandstone landmark that is the luxury Balmoral Hotel, of predominant Victorian architecture with Scottish Baronial features by the design of Scottish architect William Hamilton Beattie. Opened as the North British (Railway Station) Hotel in 1902 and re-opened as The Balmoral after a major refurbishment in 1991, its four-face clock has been set three minutes fast ever since its inauguration with the exception of Hogmanay, another of the 12 festivals, held on New Year's Eve, when it runs on time. After 118 years, however, this tradition was broken as the clock remained three minutes ahead of time to mark the end of 2020, which will probably be recorded as one of the worst years in history. 16.08.2016

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Auld Reekie

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Auld Reekie

Every August the city of Edinburgh explodes into life hosting six of its 12 annual arts and cultural celebrations in the space of one month with the International Festival, International Book Festival, Art Festival, Festival Fringe, Mela and Royal Military Tattoo dominating city life for weeks. In the heart of Auld Reekie stands the sandstone landmark that is the luxury Balmoral Hotel, of predominant Victorian architecture with Scottish Baronial features by the design of Scottish architect William Hamilton Beattie. Opened as the North British (Railway Station) Hotel in 1902 and re-opened as The Balmoral after a major refurbishment in 1991, its four-face clock has been set three minutes fast ever since its inauguration with the exception of Hogmanay, another of the 12 festivals, held on New Year's Eve, when it runs on time. After 118 years, however, this tradition was broken as the clock remained three minutes ahead of time to mark the end of 2020, which will probably be recorded as one of the worst years in history. 16.08.2016

Image dimensions: 6000 x 4000 pixels