The area of
Edinburgh known as Quartermile is so named because it is located one quarter of a mile from . Edinburgh Castle
We are about two blocks from Greyfriars Kirkyard and cemetery, made famous by the story of Greyfriar's Bobby.
Greyfriars Kirk is built on the site of an old Fransciscan Friary. The kirk was built in 1620 and there has been Christian worship held there ever since (nearly 400 years). The graveyard out back has some of the oldest stones in Edinburgh. The cemetery was created prior to the kirk. The older monuments are along the back wall of the adjacent tenements
and are a testament to some of the most important figures in Edinburgh's history
The graveyard is eerily serene given that it is located in a very busy section of a very busy city.
Around the western edge of the cemetery is the remnants of the old city Wall, known as the Flodden wall which was built in 1513 to keep the English at bay.
The kirk is also worth a visit. Not only is it nearly 400 years old, but it was the first kirk in Edinburgh to house a pipe organ.
Edinburgh is a vibrant city. It is rich in history. Greyfriars is just one small example.