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Athens of the North

The Parthenon 1

I am sure this structure is familiar to many of you. You probably recognise it as one of those old ruins in Greece, even if, like me, you might not know what it’s called. (I never know my Acropolis from my Parthenon!)

What you may not realise is that this particular old ruin is, in fact, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is modelled on the Parthenon.

What might give it away are the grass being a little too green and the sky not quite blue enough, though it was blue for Scotland.

Did you know that Edinburgh is known as the Athens of the North? Hence my title.

The Parthenon 2

This structure is actually the National Monument of Scotland and was constructed between 1826 and 1829 as a memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic wars. It was never completed, which you can read about it in the link above. For this reason it is also referred to as Edinburgh’s Disgrace.

I spent a lovely summer’s afternoon pottering around Calton Hill. I just found it annoying that there were so many people. Tourists were scrambling all over the place and even climbing up on to the structure itself. I couldn’t get a clean shot without many of them insisting on being in the picture and photo-bombing.

Of course, it never occurs to you at the time that you yourself are also a tourist. But at least I refrained from climbing everything!