National Monument, Calton Hill, Edinburgh.

This evening, I am posting information on the National Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland. This forms part of the important skyline featuring classically inspired architecture which was designed to form the ‘Athens of the North’.

Calton Hill Skyline

The Monument was designed by C.R.Cockerill (with William Playfair) and dates from 1822. It was conceived as a memorial to the dead of the Napoleonic wars and originally designed as a church whose exterior was intended to replicate the Parthenon in Athens but funds were short and only twelve columns were completed.

National Monument, Calton Hill

This is quite a romantic site which affords excellent photo opportunities in the right visibility conditions.. There are many other interesting monuments and buildings on Calton Hill which also affords a great vantage point for viewing Edinburgh City and the Firth of Forth.

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