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Edinburgh's Napoleonic monument to the fallen

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » February 22nd, 2014, 9:24 am

On the summit of Calton Hill stands the Edinburgh National Monument to the fallen of the Napoleonic Wars. It's existed in a half-finished state since the 1820s. Glasgow offered to help finish it ....

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/herit ... -1-3308927

Who's seen it?

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Re: Edinburgh's Napoleonic monument to the fallen

Postby Mark » February 22nd, 2014, 9:54 am

Hi Sarah

I haven't seen it myself but looking at the photo I actually quite like it despite the fact it was never finished. Is there a plaque or similar with wording to describe what it is?

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Re: Edinburgh's Napoleonic monument to the fallen

Postby jasonubych » February 22nd, 2014, 10:37 am

I'm sure I have seen it Sarah but had no idea what it was, cant fault the ambition.
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Re: Edinburgh's Napoleonic monument to the fallen

Postby Mark » February 22nd, 2014, 10:46 am

All it needs is a plaque to describe the visitor what it is and I think it would serve perfectly as a memorial. Perhaps also a clean now and again but I guess money will be the main issue.

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Re: Edinburgh's Napoleonic monument to the fallen

Postby Josh&Historyland » February 22nd, 2014, 12:13 pm

It's a shame it was never finished it would have been one of the grandest memorials to Napoleonic fallen in Britain.. If not the most grand.

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Re: Edinburgh's Napoleonic monument to the fallen

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » February 25th, 2014, 8:14 am

The Edinburgh tourist office gave me this link with information about the monument: http://www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk/ ... l-monument

It was designed with just 12 columns and was recently repaired, according to the article. There's a Nelson monument up there too.

The TO didn't know if there's a plaque there telling visitors what it is. Jason, next time you're in Edinburgh......

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