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The National Monument

The National Monument of Scotland, located on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, is an unfinished neoclassical structure resembling the Parthenon. Intended as a memorial to Scottish soldiers who died in the Napoleonic Wars, it stands as an iconic landmark. Despite being incomplete, it adds historical and architectural significance to Edinburgh’s skyline.

  • The National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh - Bulit in 1929

Edinburgh’s Very Own Parthenon


The National Monument of Scotland stands proudly on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, renowned for its striking resemblance to the Parthenon in Athens. Designed by architect Charles Robert Cockerell and inspired by the iconic Greek temple, this neoclassical structure was intended to commemorate Scottish soldiers who died in the Napoleonic Wars but was tragically never completed due to lack of funds.

Despite its unfinished state, the National Monument remains a poignant symbol of Scottish history and identity. Its imposing columns and grandiose design evoke a sense of grandeur and patriotism, overlooking the city of Edinburgh and offering panoramic views of its historic skyline.

Today, the National Monument serves as a prominent landmark and a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the world to marvel at its architectural beauty and contemplate its historical significance. Perched atop Calton Hill, it provides a picturesque backdrop for photographs and a tranquil spot for reflection amidst the city’s bustling streets.

Its proximity to the National Observatory and a wealth of other attractions offers a fantastic afternoon exploring the many wonders of Calton Hill. 

While its original purpose remains unfulfilled, the National Monument continues to inspire awe and admiration, reminding all who behold it of Scotland’s enduring spirit and proud heritage.