Friday, May 22, 2009

National Monument, Edinburgh

Welcome to the National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh. It began construction in 1822 up on Calton Hill, just east of downtown Edinburgh.

The monument was intended to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens. Popular knowledge is that the monument was never completed due to lack of funding. There's even a sign in front that states this. But apparently the original plans survived and only show the 12 existing columns that you see.

So it begs the question, did the city really run out of money? Or did the designer really plan the monument to look this way? Or maybe, he never finished the plan, possibly due to the funding issue.

We'll likely never know. So it ended up being a cool place for locals to spend time on nice sunny days. And it's got a great view of Edinburgh.

No comments: