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National Gallery of Scotland is an art gallery located in Edinburgh, on The Mound, between the Princes Street Gardens. It is part of the National Gallery Complex that is created by three interconnected buildings. Besides The National Gallery, there is also the Royal Scottish Academy Building and the Weston Link, which lies beneath the two buildings and connects them together with areas for shopping, learning, eating and drinking. The National Gallery complex is the second most visited attraction in Edinburgh (after the Castle). The entrance is free.

The building was designed in neoclassical style by William Henry Playfair. The foundation stone was laid on 30 August 1850 by Prince Albert. The construction was finished and the building was dedicated and opened to public on 24 March 1859. Both buildings had to be remodeled in 1912 due to the lack of space. It was done by William Thomas Oldrieve.

National Gallery of Scotland contains the collection of Scottish and European art. There are more than 30,000 works (printed and drawn) from the early Renaissance to the late 19th century. (Works from later periods were moved to the Scottish National Gallery of the Modern Art in 1959) There are masterpieces of authors such as Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Degas and Gauguin. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting.

The next door Royal Scottish Academy Building is a world-class venue for special temporary exhibitions. Both of these buildings give access to the Weston Link – a state-of-the-art space containing a restaurant, café, cloakroom, shop, IT gallery and information desk. Weston Link was finished in 2004. Library creates a part of the complex. It holds approximately 50,000 volumes of books, journals, slides, photographs and microfilms dated from 1300 to 1900.
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