#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND (Edinburgh) September 16 – On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland’s National Monument.
A colonnade of classical stone pillars modelled on the Parthenon in Athens, it’s grand, inspiring – and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.
The National Monument of Scotland, on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, is Scotland’s national memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars.It was intended, according to the inscription, to be “A Memorial of the Past and Incentive to the Future Heroism of the Men of Scotland”.
The monument dominates the top of Calton Hill, just to the east of Princes Street. It was designed during 1823-6 by Charles Robert Cockerelland William Henry Playfair and is modelled upon the Parthenon in Athens.
Construction started in 1826 and, due to the lack of funds, was left unfinished in 1829. This circumstance gave rise to various nicknames such as “Scotland’s Disgrace”, “Edinburgh’s Disgrace”, “the Pride and Poverty of Scotland” and “Edinburgh’s Folly”.
It’s a fitting image for the country as seen by independence campaigners, who hope voters will finish Scotland’s incomplete journey to statehood by backing separation from Britain in a referendum on Thursday.