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In the 17th century, Edinburgh's boundaries were still defined by the city's defensive town walls.As a result, the city's growing population was accommodated by increasing the height of the houses.
The Old Town became an increasingly dilapidated, overcrowded slum with high mortality rates.
but relative economic stagnation during the two world wars and beyond saw the Old Town deteriorate further before major slum clearance in the 1960s and 1970s began to reverse the process.
University building developments which transformed the George Square and Potterrow areas proved highly controversial.
Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.
Historically part of Midlothian, the city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, the sciences and engineering.