National Monument

National Monument information

Edinburgh , Scotland
Calton Hill
Getting there
Bus: all Leith St buses
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The largest structure on the summit of Calton Hill, the National Monument was a rather over-ambitious attempt to replicate the Parthenon in Athens, and was intended to honour Scotland's dead in the Napoleonic Wars. Construction – paid for by public subscription – began in 1822 but funds ran dry when only 12 columns had been erected. It became known locally as 'Edinburgh's Disgrace'.