Holyrood, Edinburgh facts for kids
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Taken from Holyrood Park in 2004. From left to right: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament Building, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scott Monument, Balmoral Hotel clock tower and Nelson's Monument.
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The area originally took its name from Holyrood Abbey, which was the Church of the Holy Rude (Scots for 'Holy Cross').
Holyrood includes the following sites:
- The modern Scottish Parliament Building. For this reason "Holyrood" is often used in contemporary media as a metonym for the Scottish Government.
- The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the monarch in Scotland.
- The ruins of Holyrood Abbey
- Holyrood Park, an expansive royal park to the south and east of the palace.
- The Queen's Gallery, part of the Holyroodhouse complex formerly a church and now an art gallery.
- Dynamic Earth, visitor attraction and science centre which is Scotland's largest interactive museum.
- A number of residential, light commercial, and government properties.
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