April 19, 2006
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.
Posted by G Fraser at 20:28