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The National Monument of Scotland

In the November 2014 edition of Architectural Heritage John Gifford explores the history, origin and alternative designs of the National Monument of Scotland.

Twelve Doric columns stand on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, witnesses to ambition, patriotism, love of the arts, respect for classical Greece, meanness and quarrelsomeness. Perhaps they are more truly the National Monument of Scotland than would have been the restored Parthenon of which only this fragment was built.

National Monument of Scotland, view of May 1961. (CrownCopyright:RCAHMS)
National Monument of Scotland, view of May 1961. (CrownCopyright:RCAHMS)

 

Archibald Elliot’s c.1819 rejected design for the National Monument of Scotland. (Crown Copyright: RCAHMS)
Archibald Elliot’s c.1819 rejected design for the National Monument of Scotland. (Crown Copyright: RCAHMS)

The full article from Architectural Heritage is available to read online http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/pdfplus/10.3366/arch.2014.0054

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