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Wednesday, 27 July 2011


Much of the Scottish city of Aberdeen is built of granite, earning it the nickname the Granite City.


Aberdeen is home to Scotland's oldest newspaper the Press and Journal, which was first published in 1748.

The wealth of Aberdeen was based on a variety of industries, but by the 1970s, it was North Sea oil that bought a boom to the city.

Often referred to as the Flower of Scotland due to its abundance of floral displays, Aberdeen has won the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition eleven times. At one point after winning a period of nine years straight, Aberdeen was banned from the Britain in Bloom competition in order to give another city a chance.

In 1306, during the war of independence, the townspeople stormed Aberdeen Castle while it was held by Edward I of England, using the password ‘Bon Accord’, which was later incorporated as the city's motto.

Aberdeen's iconic Union Street was named to commemorate the Union of Britain and Ireland.

Source Hutchinson Encyclopedia

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