As early as 1817, calls were made for the construction of a monument in Edinburgh to commemorate the fallen in the Napoleonic War. In January 1822, a proposal was put forward to 'erect a facsimile of the Parthenon' at a cost of some £42,000. The appeal found support amongst many prominent Edinburgh residents such as Sir Walter Scott, Henry, Lord Cockburn and Francis, Lord Jeffrey.
Originally, the building was planned to have extensive catacombs in the area supporting the main structure, possibly to provide a burial place for significant figures.
Sixteen months after the initial appeal, only £16,000 had been found with the possibility of a £10,000 grant from Parliament. In 1826, the building was finally commissioned and work began.
Particularly due to the use of high-quality materials, the project ended in 1829 with funds running out. Local legend suggests that the city of Glasgow apparently offered to cover the costs but Edinburgh was too proud to accept the other city's charity. As a result, the monument is often given the nickname Edinburgh's Disgrace or Edinburgh's Folly.
Subsequent attempts to "complete" the National Monument have never borne fruit for reasons of either cost or lack of local enthusiasm. A proposal in 2004 was met with a mixed reception.
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cemsg (117) 2011-07-16 15:38
Nice composition and a good mood with the photo in sepia monotone. The small figure at the left gives the entire photo a good balance.
emka (102780) 2011-07-16 21:56
Interesting view in black and white of the National Monument. Impressive photo, a bit surrealistic. Haha, I also posted a photo of it lately, but in diffeent mood.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-07-16 23:00
Nice architectural shot...like the ancient architecture in with gd textures on the pillar...the man in the road create a bold effect for this nice composition....
good light management with nice exposure controlled...B/W tone & sharpness is also nice...with nice chosen POV...
V Good shot...with nice Note...
Have a great Sunday :)
amazon (12112) 2011-08-24 4:03
haşmetli...bana kütahya aizanoi'de çektiğim kareleri hatırlattı..sb çok çekici kılmış,
BennyV (19101) 2011-09-16 7:32
Wow, this is impressive. Could be a still from an Orson Welles movie or so. Excellent perspective and framing. A very symbolic image too.
Have a fine weekend.
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2011-12-17 23:53
would have loved to see the base of the structure, like wanting to see the feet of a subject in and candid shot. love the inclusion of the man in there. funny how you dont get too much distortion in your 10-20 photos, u correct the distortion ?
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34279)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2009-09-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-07-16 14:52