Saturday, 13 March 2010

"A VISIT TO CALTON HILL"


Calton Hill in Edinburgh is a famous landmark, set directly in the City Centre. Housed on this hill is an Athenian Acropolis , unfinished project started in the early 1800,s it is titled the "National Monument"
It was just after Napoleons defeat copied after the sculpture in Athens. This was to commemorate the dead from the Napoleonic wars.


As always with such a major project they ran out of money before it was completed, hence why it was nicknamed "Edinburgh's" shame? cannot understand why because even unfinished it is beautiful.
In my younger days we used this place as an adventure playground, It is approximately five minutes a way from were I used to live when I lived in Edinburgh.
We used to grab cardboard boxes, yes you heard right folks lol cardboard boxes, we used them to slide down Calton Hill, the grass was so shiny that it enabled you to slide down very fast this was cool.
From the top of Calton hill you get excellent views of the City, Arthurs Seat and Salisbury crags, as well as the Main City Centre Princess street.
Also housed on top of Calton Hill is a very old Observatory which is now called "Camera Obscura" for lovers of stargazing this is the place to visit. There is also a Monument of Admiral Nelson who led the British troops to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805, it was said that ships set their navigation with the special chronometer fitted on the monument .
Mostly these days Calton Hill is a Venue for the Edinburgh Festival Grand fireworks display which is a superb array of lights and bangs lol.


6 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures! It sounds like fun sliding down the hill in a cardboard box, makes me want to visit:-)
    Gerardine Baugh
    http://gerardinebaugh.wordpress.com/

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  2. It's very pretty William! It must of have fun to grow up there :)

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  3. Boy could I have had a great time on Calton Hill with you boys. Yes, I was a tomboy. LOL I would love to go to Edinburgh and see all of these wonderful places that you tell us about. I do feel bless to have you tell us about them because I feel as I read that I am right there sight seeing with you.

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  4. Billy did I comment on this wonderful piece?

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  5. @Viola

    LOL THANKS LADIES, A HAPPY MEMORY :)

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