This evening, I am presenting an image of the New Observatory on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This image was taken from atop the Nelson Monument.

Although designated ‘new’ this building in fact dates from 1818 and is attributed the famous architect William Playfair but influenced by the architect’s uncle, Professor Playfair, an eminent mathematician and natural philosopher who was also President of the Astronomical Institution which was formed before the observatory was built.

From an architectural perspective, the building is a cruciform classic temple with central dome, constructed on the summit of the precinct.

As far as I know it is not possible to visit the observatory, which is somewhat disappointing.

In the background on the image below can be seen Edinburgh’s New Town which dates from the 1760s and is full of fascinating Georgian architecture.


Be sure to visit Calton Hill when in Edinburgh. It’s walkable from Princes Street and offers stunning views.

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