Scottish National War Memorial by Tom Gomez

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The rear and West end of the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.

The Scottish National War Memorial is regarded as one of Scotland’s most important buildings and commemorates nearly 150,000 Scottish casualties in the First World War, 1914 – 1918, over 50,000 in the Second World War, 1939 – 1945 and the campaigns since 1945, including the Malayan Emergency, the Korean War, Northern Ireland, the Falklands War and the Gulf War.

The Memorial is to be found in Crown Square at the very top of the rock on which Edinburgh Castle stands. Built between 1924-7, the architect Sir Robert Lorimer and two hundred Scottish artists and craftsmen created a serene Hall Of Honour and Shrine where the names of the dead are contained in books that are on permanent display.

Lorimer’s building is a reconstruction of the 18th century North Barracks, built in 1755 on the site of the medieval St Mary’s Church (converted to a munitions house in 1540 and demolished in 1755 to make way for the barracks). The building was improved in 1863 by Robert Billings to give it a more picturesque appearance. The army vacated the building in 1923 and Lorimer adapted it as the National Shrine. The Scottish National War Memorial was opened by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) on 14th July 1927.

The Scottish National War Memorial is a Category A Listed Building (HB Number 48229).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh.

Featured in : Unique Buildings Of The World : 5 May 10


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  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Excellent composition, perfectly presented

  • Thank you John. I will show you the front of the building soon …

    – Tom Gomez

  • foppe47
    foppe47over 4 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • Thank you so much Foppe my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great catch

  • Cheers Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • gibbandy
    gibbandyover 4 years ago

    really nicely done Tom, its not easy getting the right angle on this one, but you nailled it

  • Thank you so much Andy. It is a splendid building …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    a beautiful captureTom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • JJsEscape
    JJsEscapeover 4 years ago

    Great work as always Tom!!

  • Thank you so much Judy …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    Wonderful detail, Tom, and history!

  • Thank you kindly Mel, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    great work indeed… may want to pay my OTHER ACCOUNT a visit as will be showing the best from each day we go out

  • Cheers Steve/Lesley, I have added your new account to my watchlist …

    – Tom Gomez

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome Shot!

  • Thank you kindly Etienne …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 4 years ago
    wonderful shot and info
  • Thank you so much dear Elaine …

    – Tom Gomez

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