April 19, 2006

Edinburgh's Disgrace


This is the National Monument which sits atop Calton Hill and is more commonly known as Edinburgh's disgrace. It was planned and started as a national monument in the 19th century to the dead from the Napoleonic wars. Work started in 1824 and finished in 1929 when the money ran out - thus earning it its nickname of Edinburgh's Disgrace or Scotland's Shame. Some architectural historians say that it was designed to look partially incomplete. Anyway, its towering presence over the city and its Greek style has also led Edinburgh to be referred to as the Athens of the North.

7 comments:

santy said...

amazing shot there, Grant!! Love it :) was that the natural color or did you do a little touch ups? doesn't matter, really. it just looks fantastic!

Pierre said...

Edinburgh's Disgrace! So funny... Well, it gives a little look of mediterranean culture in Scotland... Beautiful pic, with the clouds between the columns!

Kris said...

stil a beauty with the imperfection ..Good evening shot :))

bob said...

Interesting. I've been to Edinburgh loads of times but never been up there.

Nicola said...

Are you sure you're not in Greece? ;). Funny how names sometimes stick to places that they become the official ones.

Grant F said...

the photo was taken using the retro setting on my camera. I like to take the same shot using different settings to see how they'll turn out.
I will try and get back up here in a little over a week for the Beltane fire festival on 1 May to show that.

Alexander said...

Great shot!