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Edinburghs Folly

By colmar  
The National Monument in the city of Edinburgh is Scotland's memorial to those who died fighting for the United Kingdom in the Napoleonic Wars.

The monument dominates the top of Calton Hill, just to the east of Edinburgh's New Town. It was designed by Charles Robert Cockerell and his collaborator William Henry Playfair and is modelled upon the Parthenon in Athens. Construction started in 1826, and the building is notable for being only partially completed.

As early as 1817, calls were made for the construction of a monument in Edinburgh to commemorate the fallen in the Napoleonic War. In January 1822, a proposal was put forward to 'erect a facsimile of the Parthenon' at a cost of some 42,000. The appeal found support amongst many promenant Edinburgh residents such as Sir Walter Scott, Henry, Lord Cockburn and Francis, Lord Jeffrey.

Originally, the building was planned to have extensive catacombs in the area supporting the main structure, possibly to provide a burial place for significant figures.

Sixteen months after the initial appeal, only 16,000 had been found with the possibility of a 10,000 grant from Parliament. In 1826, the building was finally commissioned and work began.

Particularly due to the use of high-quality materials, the project ended in 1829 with funds running out.Local legend suggests that the city of Glasgow apparently offered to cover the costs but Edinburgh was too proud to accept the other city's charity. As a result, the monument is often given the nickname Edinburgh's Disgrace or Edinburgh's Folly.

Subsequent attempts to "complete" the National Monument have never borne fruit for reasons of either cost or lack of local enthusiasm. A proposal in 2004 was met with a mixed reception.

Many thanks for the comments and votes on Loch Etive, Five a day Edinburgh, Appin it is and Trio all still getting viewed yesterday. We always say this but we DO appreciate the comments and votes.

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ChrisBilton 13 97 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 5:14AM
amazing picture
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
26 Oct 2009 5:53AM
Well captured

26 Oct 2009 6:09AM
great images V2 for me.Dave
Jekaro 13 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 6:44AM
Two fabulous images, Colin, and a great write up, V2 for me today.
JudeC 15 6 3 England
26 Oct 2009 6:58AM
Two excellent images - Jude.
morpheus1955 16 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 7:37AM
Two superb images, great composition, definitely V1 for me.

26 Oct 2009 7:51AM
great set
andylea 14 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 8:19AM
two crackers v1 my favourite great write up too nice one Wink
26 Oct 2009 8:21AM
Morning Colin !

Two great shots - like them both for different reasons !
Well taken - Chirs
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
26 Oct 2009 8:23AM
Something I see often when in Edinburgh. I guess by now, no one want it completed as we like it as is!! V2 is my favourite, somewhat to my surprise, as I don't often go for mono, but it is a cracker!

imagio 16 12 1 England
26 Oct 2009 9:01AM
Excellent write up

nickyv32 15 135 England
26 Oct 2009 9:31AM
Great shots, I'm not usually into Mono but No 2 is a fine image, hope you aren't working too hard, off to Richmond and Bushey Parks on Weds, the weather is great to welcome you back this week....Take care
Nic xx
MickyMc 15 8 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 9:34AM
Very interesting, I really like the B/W
somnathchatterjee 13 67 175 India
26 Oct 2009 9:44AM
beautiful write up, and lovely shot too, thanks for the share.
jonwebber 14 4 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 9:49AM
V2 I think. Wonderful.
Adderwatcher 13 60 19 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 10:11AM
Very interesting info and two fantastic captures. V2 is brilliant.
Thushari 13 1 Sri Lanka
26 Oct 2009 10:31AM
Great two images. interesting write up too.
26 Oct 2009 11:35AM
2 excellent shots,well taken.ray
PeterBee 16 35 5 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 11:50AM
Two excellent records of this. Thanks, too, for the history in your notes.

26 Oct 2009 11:54AM
two great images love the write up well done
danbrann 18 640 17
26 Oct 2009 12:04PM
A good record.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
26 Oct 2009 12:21PM
Thanks to you all for the votes and comments on Edinburgh's Folly, truly appreciated by us both Col(in) and Mar(i)....
26 Oct 2009 12:25PM
Lovely set V2 for me i like the mono treatment.
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
26 Oct 2009 1:09PM
Two well composed and captured images.
GalleryGirl 15 4 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 1:10PM
Well captured. V1 is my favourite.

Marilyn x
gingerdelight 16 298 11 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 2:31PM
Wonderful, strong images - well taken
Dusan 13 Sri Lanka
26 Oct 2009 2:46PM
great very well taken,prefer V1
maggieh 14 4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 2:51PM
2 fine shots V1 for me. Shows why people call Edinburgh the"Athens of the North".
MickS 17 23 14 England
26 Oct 2009 3:17PM
Watcha Colmar,
excellent additions to your PF here.
sandycroft 15 61 England
26 Oct 2009 3:53PM
Good pictures and nice to get the story that goes with it .
Many Thanks
26 Oct 2009 4:03PM
Great memories Colmar, V2 for me.
bayleaf 15 8 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 4:35PM
Nice captures.
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 5:12PM
V2 gets my vote. Brian
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 5:42PM
Thanks for that write up V2 today !!
26 Oct 2009 6:00PM
Excellent captures, the light and detail in v1 and the crop and mono in v2.
A Booth 20 11 4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 7:06PM
excellent architectural record shot, good detail and colour.
Billyray 14 70 3 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 8:40PM
Cracking shot , I prefer the colour version though.
Roly 15 Wales
26 Oct 2009 9:11PM
V2 for me.
User_Removed 13 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2009 10:31AM
Lovely lines and colour, Regards, Romney
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
29 Oct 2009 1:51AM
Thanks for all the comments and votes we really appreciate each and every one, Col(in) and Mar(i).

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