NT2674 : National Monument on the Calton Hill

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

National Monument on the Calton Hill
National Monument on the Calton Hill
The unfinished monument to the Scottish dead of the Napoleonic Wars has often been described as 'Edinburgh's disgrace'. The intention was noble, to build a church which would be a replica of the Parthenon in Ancient Athens, but the money ran out. It was left, in the words of one of its architects, William Playfair, as testimony to the "pride and poverty of Scotland" in the period after Waterloo.

"Twelve massive columns, with an entablature, situated on the most elevated portion of the Calton Hill, originally intended as a portico to a larger structure, constitute what is termed the National Monument. The proposal to rear a great cenotaph in commemoration of the heroes who fell in the land and sea battles of Napoleon's reign was suggested in 1816, at a meeting of the Highland Society. The Parthenon at Athens was adopted as a model, and the erection was to consist of a great church with a cemetery. The sum of 6,000 was subscribed at once, and in 1822 the subscribers were incorporated by Act of Parliament, and empowered to raise the sum of 50,000, in shares of 25 each. When George IV. was at Holyrood Palace, in August, 1822, the foundation stone was laid with splendid ceremonial by Royal Commissioners, under the presidency of the Duke of Hamilton, Grand Master Mason. But success did not attend the subsequent efforts of the projectors. The sum of 13,500 was raised from first to last, and the amount, deducting expenses, appropriated in constructing the portico." -- Rogers, Monuments And Monumental Inscriptions In Scotland, 1871

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Friday, 2 July, 2010   (more nearby)
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