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Located on Princes Street, New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, the monument to Sir Walter Scott against a dramatic early evening June sky.

It was built during 1836-46. The architect was George Meikle Kemp (1795-1844), a joiner who entered the competition under a pseudonym to avoid prejudice; the joiner/architect sadly fell into the Union Canal in the fog and drowned before the work was completed.

The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.1 m) high, and has a series of viewing decks reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest viewing deck is reached by a total of 287 steps (those who climb the steps can obtain a certificate commemorating the event). 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. Bill Bryson has described it as looking like a “gothic rocket ship”.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

The Scott Monument is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27829).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)

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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 5 years ago

    beautifully caught tom…
    :)

  • Thank you Maggie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    outstanding capture!

  • Thank you for your kind comment dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 5 years ago

    That sky and that architecture are a perfect match.Dramatic and impressive! Wonderful composition! I like the view from one side to another as well.

  • Thank you so much Joanne. I have added some more information about the structure (see the text).

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 5 years ago

    An excellent shot Tom, quite dramatic with the darkening effect as the tower reaches upwards

  • Thank you Mik, much appreciated. I have added some more information about the structure (see the text).

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 5 years ago

    Thunderbird 5 in Edinburgh ir is that just me Tom. Who copied who. Jerry Anderson was a plagerist in my book. Fabulous shot!!

  • Cheers Robin, interesting that you should liken it to Thunderbirds. Have a look at the extra information that I have added about the structure (see the text).

    – Tom Gomez

  • simba
    simbaabout 5 years ago

    Stunning Tom.

  • Thank you so much linda. I have added some more information about the structure (see the text).

    – Tom Gomez

  • JamieGreen
    JamieGreenabout 5 years ago

    Now that IS Lord of the Rings. Well caught Tom

  • Thank you Jamie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Sonia …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Tom

  • Thank you dear Jacqui …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Hi Tom, lovely view of the Scott Monument. I climbed those narrow stairs to the viewing decks and was treated to some prety spectacular views of the City (I’d never been inside before, how wierd is that?) What a great place for photographers.

  • Cheers Don, it has been many years since I was last inside. I must do it again soon …

    – Tom Gomez

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