Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populist city and also known as "The Flower of Scotland”. It is also one of the Scotland’s 32 local government council areas. It has a population of around 196,670.Nicknamed the Granite City it has been settled since 8000 years. The city has a marine climate and is also known by the nicknames the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands.
During the Middle Ages Aberdeen had friars. Furthermore in the Middle Ages the church ran the only 'hospitals'. A leper hospital was founded in 1363 outside Aberdeen on Spital Hill. The 14th century was a troubled time for Scotland. In 1306 relying on a tradition, the people of Aberdeen helped Robert the Bruce by killing its defenders. Later the town had the motto Bon Accord, which happened to be the password on the night the castle was taken.
Aberdeen’s buildings during the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, incorporated locally quarried grey granite. This was capable of producing a sparkle. Aberdeen came to be known as the Oil Capital of Europe because of the discovery of North Sea Oil in 1970.
David I(1124-53) gave Aberdeen the Royal Burgh status transforming the city economically. Aberdeen is home to the University of Aberdeen ( 1495 AD) and Robert Gordon University (awarded university status late in 1992 AD)
The oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport have overtaken the traditional industries . The Aberdeen Heliport is considered to be the busiest commercial heliports throughout the world. It's seaport happens to be the largest in the north-east of Scotland.
Aberdeen boasts of a lot of attractions such as St. Machar's Cathedral , Cruickshank Botanic Gardens etc.
Aberdeen has been home to three Commonwealth Games. The football teams in Aberdeen include Aberdeen Football Club, Cove Rangers , Bon Accord (who no longer play now). Aberdeen also has a number of Golf courses including Auchmill, Balnagask, Hazlehead, King's Links. Aberdeen swimming team is based at Northfield Pool. The team which comprises of several smaller swimming clubs has enjoyed success on all levels.
Aberdeen's architecture was known for the use of granite, because of which it got the nickname of the Granite City. It is also known as the Silver City, since the Mica in the stone sparkles in the sun.
The notable buildings in the Union Street are the Town and County Bank, the Music Hall, and the Trinity Hall of the incorporated trades . It also has a shopping mall. In Castle Street is the new Town House, built between 1868 and 1873 to a design by Peddie and Kinnear which serves as a prominent landmark.