Calton Hill, Photos, Edinburgh, History, Location, Architects, Dates, Buildings, Images
Calton Hill, Buildings + Monuments
Historic Architecture, central Edinburgh, Scotland
Calton Hill Edinburgh
Athens of the North – the Scottish Enlightenment
Many people visit Calton Hill for the view back over Edinburgh and out to the sea. However, Calton Hill is very important architecturally. Almost every building on Calton Hill dates from the Enlightenment and the ubiquitous Greek and principally Acropolis references symbolised erudition:-
Duguld Stewart Monument is modelled on Tower of the Winds in Athens by Lysicrates. The primary example, dominating Calton Hill is the National Monument (to the Napoleonic Dead), which is based on Acropolis, Athens. Located on the southern edge of Calton Hill, the Royal High School’s Greek Doric columns are based on the Temple of Theseus, overlooking Athens.
Calton Hill Buldings
Dugald Stewart Monument
The City Observatory
Buildings on the south slopes of the hill:
Calton Old Burial Ground:
Calton Burial Ground
Proposals being prepared by Simpson & Brown for David Hume’s Mausoleum on behalf of The Hume Enlightenment Trust. Apr 2008
To the East of the enclosure sits the Governor’s House, Archibald Elliot (architect of nearby Waterloo Place), 1817, the only remaining part of the huge Calton Gaol that was replaced by St Andrew’s House. Sir Rowand Anderson referred to this House as a toy castle on account of its fake battlements, but for many it adds to the romanticism of valley and hill.
Scottish Castles in Edinburgh & Lothian
Calton Hill is 108m high (355 feet). It is not the highest of the Edinburgh’s famous ‘seven hills’. Calton Hill was volcanic similar to Arthur’s Seat and Castle Rock.
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Calton Hill buildings & monuments:-
Nelson Monument 1807-15 designed by Robert Burn
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