Edinburgh Photo Library
- City Chambers

City Chambers

Home of Edinburgh City Council, the City Chambers were designed by John Adam (the eldest of the Adam brothers) as a Royal Exchange and Customs House. They were built in 1753-61 on top of an existing street - Mary King's Close - which now forms the basement (and a tourist attraction). At the rear of the building, it towers 12 storeys above Cockburn Street.
The statue in the forecourt is of Alexander the Great taming his rampant horse Bucephalus. Quite what that has to do with the City Council is hard to fathom!

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