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Aberdeen, Scotland

Being Scotland’s third most populated city, Aberdeen ranks 37th on the list of most populated areas in the United Kingdom. It has an estimated population of 220,420 and a population density of about 1,187 per kilometre. It is very often referred to as the Grey City, The Silver City or the Granite City. It is so referred because between the mid-18th century and the mid-20th century, the buildings were incorporated with locally quarried grey granite. This makes the building sparkle like silver when sunlight falls on them. This is due to the mica content. It is also referred to as the Oil Capital of Europe since the 1970’s with the discovery of the North Sea Oil. Back in ancient times, about 8000 years ago, there were various small villages around the Dee and Don rivers. The Local Aberdeen City Council governs Aberdeen. The Aberdeen City Council comprises of about 43 councilors, each councilor representing his or her ward with Lord Provost being the head. George Adam is the current Lord Provost. Three constituencies represent Aberdeen in The Parliament of the UK, namely, Gordon, Aberdeen North and Aberdeen South. The first encompasses a part of Aberdeen shirewhereas the last two are within Aberdeen City. The Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine and Aberdeen Downside represent Aberdeen in the Scottish Parliament.

Aberdeen Landmarks

The Victorian Age, is a demonstration of Aberdeen’s Architecture when it comes to Granite. This has in turn led to its title “The Granite City”. Since these buildings comprise of granite which is one of the most durable materials available on the face of the earth, these building hardly require any maintenance.The Music Hall, The former Office of the Northern Assurance Company, The National Bank of Scotland and the Trinity Hall of The Incorporated Trades are amongst the famous buildings in Aberdeen. Aberdeen has three prominent public statues, the first being at the junction between Rosemount Viaduct and Union Terrace of William Wallace. Robert Burns Statue on Union Terrace over Union Terrace Gardens is quite famous as it has a lot of historical significance just like the statue of William Wallace. The third being Robert the Bruce. This statue is a depiction of Robert holding a charter, which he had issued to Aberdeen in and around 1319. This statue resides on Broad Street, outside the Marischal College.





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