Taken 18-Apr-11
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Photo Info

Dimensions5184 x 3456
Original file size7.01 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceProPhoto RGB
Date taken18-Apr-11 15:24
Date modified14-Jul-13 04:26
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS REBEL T2i
Focal length18 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/200 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Tourists inside the Stirling Castle in Scotland near the entrance

Tourists inside the Stirling Castle in Scotland near the entrance

Tourists at the inside of the Stirling Castle, just inside the entrance area. The Castle is located at a height, and you can see the view of the surrounding countryside. There are flags on top of the entrance area, including the Saltire (Scottish Flag) in the middle (but with little wind movement, there is no fluttering of the flags in the photo). The entrance is narrow, with a metal grate overhead, ready to drop down and block the entrance. And there are stairs to the top of the gate, where defenders could be present and attack the invaders. Scotland has a number of castles located all over the region, with the Stirling Castle being one of important ones out of them. It is also a site that attracts a large number of tourists, with the castle being maintained by an entity called Historic Scotland. During the middle ages, when the political history of Scotland was very active, Stirling Castle played a very strategic role. Many of the rulers of Scotland were crowned here, and the castle was also the site of many sieges during political struggles over the centuries. Stirling Castle is located at a very strategic location, atop a high point ensures that the castle overlooked high cliffs, making it easy to defend. It was also overlooking one of the crossings over the River Forth, and hence had strategic importance.
The Castle sits at a site which is supposed to have had some sort of habitation from the 7th century AD, but archaelogical evidence starts out with from around the early 12th century.
During the latter part of the 13th century and the early stages of the 14th century, there was a battle between the Scots and the English, with the English king Edward I of England wanting to ensure his supremacy over Scotland and a war against this effort, with William 'Braveheart' Wallace being one of the most fighters against the English. There was a very famous battle of Stirling Bridge where the English were defeated by William Wallace and Andrew Moray. Over the next 100 ye