This evening, my theme is Edinburgh’s Calton Hill where the skyline, as manifested in sum of the parts, takes precedence over the individual constituents. The famous and multi-talented Scots urban planner, Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) commented ” with its strange medley of monuments is a museum of the battle of styles and a permanent evidence showing how the town planners of one generation cannot safely count upon continuance by those of the next“.   The buildings on and around Calton Hill include:

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