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Monuments: National Monument

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Information
The National Monument commemorates the Scottish soldiers who died during the Napoleonic Wars of 1803-1815. The foundation stone was laid on 27 August 1822 during George IV's visit to Edinburgh, but the monument was not begun until 1826. The monument was designed by William Henry Playfair and Charles Robert Cockerell and based on the Parthenon in Athens, helping to give Edinburgh the nickname, 'The Athens of the North'. The project was stopped in 1829 when funds for the project ran out and it was never completed.
Location
Calton Hill