NT2674 : Nelson Monument view of the National Monument

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Nelson Monument view of the National Monument
Nelson Monument view of the National Monument
Begun in 1822, Scotland's National Monument to the fallen in the Napoleonic Wars was to be a church designed by Charles Robert Cockerell and William Henry Playfair and modelled on the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. Only the portico was built. The pillars of Craigleith sandstone, each weighing between 10 and 15 tons and costing over 1,000, were to be paid for by public subscription. The donations dried up, however, and work had to be stopped in 1829, leaving behind an instant ruin that has become one of the most recognisable landmarks on the Edinburgh skyline.

"And thus while London is the Rome of the empire, to which the young, and the ambitious, and the gay, resort for the pursuit of pleasure, of fortune, or of ambition, Edinburgh might become another Athens, in which the arts and the sciences flourished, under the shade of her ancient fame, and established a dominion over the minds of men more permanent than even that which the Roman arms were able to effect." -- Sir Archibald Alison, historian, quoted in Blackwood's magazine

NT2573 : Sculpture Court statues, Edinburgh College Of Art
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright kim traynor and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
NT2674, 904 images   (more nearby )
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 26 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 2 October, 2009
Monument > Monument   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 263 741 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.2984N 3:10.8852W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 262 741
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Image classification(about): Geograph
This page has been viewed about 48 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · OS Map Checksheet · Geograph Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
You are not logged in login | register