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Aberdeen, otherwise known as the Granite City, has a wealth of historical and architectural delights. As it has grown as a seaside city much of it's history is based around fishing, and nowadays off-shore oil drilling. There are, however, many other things to see in this city apart from stories of the sea.

 

Provost Skene's house - This Granite building, built in 1545, has gone through many changes throughout it's history. It was at one time converted into two seperate houses, but then rebuilt into one. Today it has some beautiful historical displays. The most stunning thing is the "painted gallery" which was uncovered by builders during it's most recent renovation. This area contains a myriad of pictures portraying the life of Christ from birth to death. There is no evidence to show when and by whom this painting was done, but it's definitely wortha look. There is also a display showing the fashions that were worn through the years, and the rooms are decorated in various historical styles. This building can be found just off Broad Street in the city centre. Admission is free.

 

Aberdeen art gallery - This art gallery hosts some lovely pieces of fine art from both the 19th and 20th century, and is really quite a stunning collection. The gallery also holds many other exhibitions, including some modern art expos highlighting some of the best contemporary works. The building itself, which can be found in Schoolhill, dates back to 1885. Admission is free.

 

Maritime museum - No trip to Aberdeen would be complete without experiencing the history that made this city what it has become. The maritime museum, located on Shiprow, gives you that opportunity. There are many interactive displays, including a life size oil rig control room and sleeping quarters. This museum is great fun for both adults and children alike, and was awarded 5 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board.

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