Royal High School, Edinburgh

Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland

This evenig, I am focusing on an intriguing piece of Scottish architecture which sits prominently on the Edinburgh skyline yet is not open to the public. The subject building is the Royal High School which dates from 1825-29 and was designed by Thomas Hamilton.

This is considered a building of international standing and through integration of design with the nearby National Monument helped to contribute to Edinburgh’s nickname Athens of the North. This feature can be appreciated in the image below which shows the Parthenon-style National Monument directly above and behind the Royal High School. The Greek Doric columns are based on the Temple of Theseus overlooking Athens.

Internally, there is a central Doric temple which contains a splendid oval hall with shallow coffered ceiling and cast iron columns supporting the balcony.

Calton Hill Skyline, Edinburgh

Calton Hill Skyline, Edinburgh, Scotland

Royal High School, Edinburgh

Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland

The subject building ceased to be a school in 1968 and is now owned by Edinburgh Council.

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