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The Hub, one of the icons of Edinburgh

If there is an essential place to visit in Scotland, it is Edinburgh. This historic city has many corners to discover and an impressive heritage. Y We are going to talk about one of the most outstanding monuments in Edinburgh: it is The Hub, with its gothic tower of needle. Do you want to come with us to meet her?

Everything there is to know about The Hub

It is located on the Royal Mile, the medieval area, and halfway between the castle and Holyrood Palace. But the tower of The Hub can be seen from all over the city. In fact, it is the tallest building in Edinburgh.

It’s an old church, the Highland Tolbooth Kirk. But services have not been held there for a long time. It’s more, its function today has nothing to do with religion. It is the information center for the Edinburgh Festival.

Due to its location and its appearance, you might think that it is a construction several centuries old. You may imagine that it is a gothic building. Nothing further from reality, not yet two hundred years old.

It was built between 1842 and 1845. Its purpose was to house the administrative headquarters of the Church of Scotland, while serving as an assembly hall for different events. However, this changed when in 1929 there was a reunification of churches in the country and the headquarters were moved to another place.

Renamed St John’s Church, for a number of years some religious events and services were held in the Gaelic language. Nevertheless, in the 80s it was definitively in disuse.

The Renaissance

At the end of the 90’s the new life of this church would begin. A thorough remodeling and in 1999 it would begin to function as the venue for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Since then this is a space dedicated to all kinds of cultural events. Conferences, exhibitions and concerts are held here. Even weddings and private events.

That’s why entering The Hub can be a real surprise. And it is that its interior has nothing to do with what you can imagine when you see its exterior architecture. Here you will discover modern and colorful offices, event rooms and concert halls with avant-garde touches. There is also a bar and restaurant.

The peculiar thing about this building is that before entering you expect everything to keep an architectural harmony but you will be surprised when you find modern colored offices inside as well as rooms with very avant-garde touches.

If you visit Edinburgh, don’t settle for seeing The Hub from the outside. Once you have admired the beauty of its architecture and its fabulous tower, go inside. You can relax with a drink in its cafeteria.

What else to see in Edinburgh

The Hub must be an essential stop in the city. But do not forget that Edinburgh has many other attractions. These are the essentials:

  • edinburgh castle: is the jewel of the city. It stands at the top of Castle Hill, from where you can get incredible views of the city. To see its interior you will need several hours.
  • Royal Mile: it is the most famous street and runs through much of the city. From it you can access a maze of medieval alleys where you can get lost and soak up the history of Edinburgh.
  • Holyroodhouse: It is an incredible palace, a jewel of baroque architecture. Today it is still the official residence of the Queen of England in Scotland.
  • Princess Street Gardens: after the North Lake was drained, these gardens were created in 1820. They serve as a separation between the old city and the new city. They have more than 150,000 m² and form the most important urban park in the city.
  • Scottish National Gallery: In this museum you can see works from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism by artists such as Titian, Velázquez, Monet or Gauguin.

After seeing it, it is clear that making a visit to Edinburgh is well worth it. Start this one with The Hub, with its gothic tower and its surprising interior, and continue with the places that we have recommended. Depending on the days you can enjoy the city even more.

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