The granite city was granted its first royal charter in 1179.
Still a large fishing port, and Scotland's third largest city, it has grown
in the last 25 years because of its use as a base for North Sea oil exploration.
Building of interest are
- Provost Skene's House, a 16th century mansion with decorated
panels and ceiling
- Provost Ross's House, another 16th century house, now containing
the Maritime Museum
- Union Street, the main street, which shows the use of granite
as a building material
- The Municipal Building incorporates the Old Tolbooth, which
held public executions until 1858. Here is displayed the "Aberdeen Maiden"
said to be the prototype for the French guillotine
- Aberdeen University, dates from the founding of Kings College