Lore:Walking the World, Vol XI

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====The Well District====
Stepping inside Solitude's gates, you get your first view of the city itself. Rising tall and proud before you, banners waving from its crown, is the [[Skyrim:{{Lore Link|Castle Dour, Emperor's Tower|Emperor's Tower]]}}. Home to the Kings of {{Lore Link|Haafingar}} before the consolidation of Skyrim and the creation of the Blue Palace, the Emperor's Tower is now used exclusively as guest quarters for Emperors who come to visit the city.
To your left and right are Solitude's inn and shops. Here can be found some of the finest imported goods in Skyrim. After all, Solitude is a wealthy city with ready access to the major shipping lanes of [[Lore:Tamriel|Tamriel]].
Looking right past the looming Emperor's tower, you can glimpse Solitude's natural bridge arcing gracefully over to the windmill. Built during High King Erling's day, the bridge was said to be {{sic|used used|description=duplicated word}} to {{sic|discretely|discreetly}} allow Captain Jytte, the famous privateer, to enter Castle Dour. Some historians claim that she and the High King were simply attempting to keep their business dealings quiet. Others believe {{sic|the|that}} Jytte and Erling were involved on a more personal level.
At the end of the bridge is the windmill. The tower and the windmill serve as one of Solitude's most recognizable man-made landmarks. The Windmill's power was once used to open the gates to what is now the [[Lore:East Empire Company|East Empire Company]] [[Skyrim:East Empire Company Warehouse|Warehouse]], but today that task falls to the strong backs of the dock workers.
In the shadow of the windmill you'll find the outdoor market and the well. Here, you can buy a number of local delicacies including the famous spiced wine made exclusively in Solitude.
As you enter the courtyard of Castle Dour, you are confronted with the banner of Solitude hanging over the door to what is now Castle Dour proper.
At the far end of the courtyard stands the impressive [[Skyrim:Temple{{Lore of the DivinesLink|Temple of the Divines]]}}. The founders of Solitude were deeply devout and Solitude is the only place in Skyrim where all of the divines are {{sic|worshiped|worshipped}} in a single temple. All three of the buildings here are well worth taking a look inside, but only the Temple and Castle Dour's military wing are open.
If you do venture inside the temple, take special note of the alcoves at the front. You can see the empty alcove that once held the {{Lore Link|Shrines|shrine}} of {{Lore Link|Talos}} before Talos worship was outlawed.
====The Blue Palace====
The Blue Palace is home to the [[sr:Jarl{{Lore Link|Jarls]]Jarl}}s of Solitude, who for centuries have also served as the High Kings and High Queens of Skyrim. The northeast wing, on your left as you enter, holds the living quarters of the Jarl and her court on the top level and various servants below.
The southwest wing, known as the [[Skyrim:Pelagius{{Lore WingLink|Pelagius Wing]]}}, has fallen into a state of disrepair. Named for the famous High King, [[Lore:Pelagius Septim III|Pelagius the Mad]], the wing is rumored to be haunted by the king's ghost. The wing has been locked and left alone since shortly after Pelagius's death.
You should be sure to venture inside the Blue Palace. The grand atrium and court chambers are a sight not to be missed.