Royal High School, Edinburgh.

This evening, I am focusing on an intriguing piece of Scottish architecture which sits prominently on the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital 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.

Royal High School and Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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

Detail of Royal High School, Edinburgh.

There is currently a controversial proposal under consideration to build a hotel on the site.

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