Friday, December 24, 2010

The Granite City of Aberdeen

I'm currently in Aberdeen, which looks great in the snow. Later on I'll be travelling thoughout Aberdeenshire, I hope the roads are not completely snowed in!

Aberdeen is located at the mouth of the rivers Don and Dee in Scotland. It is the seat of the county Aberdeenshire, and the administrative centre of the Grampian region. It is a large fishing port (mainly herring and salmon), a service center for oil rigs and pipelines in the North Sea, shipbuilding, machinery, chemicals, and granite quarries. The town's development is linked to the exploitation of crude oil from the bed of the North Sea.

The major part of the older buildings in Aberdeen is built of granite, which is why it is called the Granite City. The most important landmarks include the old buildings of the university (est. 1494) and the early-gothic granite cathedral  of St. Machar (XIV century). The historic chapel and buildings of the King's College and Marishall College date back to the XVI century.