National Monument, Calton Hill

During the Enlightenment era of Edinburgh, many people took concepts from that of ancient Greece and Rome. A lot of this can be seen in the architecture of buildings such as this one. What makes this architectural piece so interesting is that it wasn’t only going to be a monument. It was going to be mausoleum… In order to obtain some of the funds for this massive project, adds were posted in local newspapers advertising available plots to bury their loved ones in this place. Some people jumped on the idea, but the building never came to fruition. Over the years, funds dwindled and it was left to sit upon the hill idly. Now this monument is a site to see in Edinburgh for it’s a taste of Greece and a good picnic spot with a view of the city.

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