This view looks looks
to the west down the Cowgate and through one of the arches of
South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket. The posters on the
south side of the Cowgate just beyond the arch are on the site of
the buildings that were destroyed in the Edinburgh Old Town Fire
The 2004 photo was
taken by Martin Stoggell for comparison with this photo which he
took around 1970.
In both photos above, one of the arches of George IV Bridge, the
next crossing of Cowgate to the west, can be seen in the distance.