Scott Moument (Edinburgh) Reviews
Description:The Scott Monument is a victorian gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street ... more
Scott Moument (Edinburgh) ... Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Waverley Station. The tower is 200.5 feet or 61.1 metres tall, and the small viewing deck near the top — which gives a panoramic view of central Edinburgh and its surroundings — is reached by a narrow spiral staircase with 287 steps. It is built from Binnie shale quarried in nearby Livingston; the oil which continues to leech from its matrix has helped to glue the notoriously filthy atmosphere of victorian Edinburgh (then nicknamed "Auld Reekie" — old smokey) to the tower, leaving it an unintended sooty-black colour. It is often noted for looking like a 'gothic missile'. Following Scott's death in 1832, a competition was held to design a monument to him. An unlikely entrant went under the pseudonym "John Morvo", the name of the medieval architect of Melrose Abbey. Morvo was in fact George Meikle Kemp, forty-five year old joiner, draftsman, and self-taught architect. Kemp had feared his lack of architectural qualifications and reputation would disqualify him, but his design (which was similar to an unsuccessful one he had earlier submitted for the design of Glasgow Cathedral) was popular with the competition's judges, and in 1838 Kemp was awarded the contract to construct the monument.
Newest Review: ... experience. The cost to go into the monument is approx £3 and albeit the views are incredible and you can see far out onto fife and the sea right across the city this is not an experience for the weak, tired, young or elderly and those who may have a little more weight than the average. Once entering the monument you walk up incredibly steep, tiny and narrow spiral staircases, which go on ... more
Customer Scott Moument (Edinburgh) Reviews (1)
by - written on 13/01/10 (Very useful, 10 readings)
When you travel through edinburgh you cant help but see the impressive and huge scott monument which sits in the middle of princes street gardens. If you are taken in by taxi from the airport the driver is sure to point out this impressive gothic feature and advise you to have a closer look and if you dare go up it. Its gothic architecture is fabulous and stands out and is a focal point within the city centre. Its architecture is simply exquisite and unique and if you go to see it for yourself close up then you can have the added bonus of actually going up it to the top which is a fantastic experience. The cost to go into the monument is approx £3 ... Read the complete review
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