Monument Monday: Dugald Stewart Monument, Edinburgh

One of the most iconic monuments of Edinburgh, and the one to offer a perfect postcard view of the city, this is Dugald Stewart Monument. Built as a memorial to Dugald Stewart, a Scottish philosopher and professor at University of Edinburgh,  this monument sits on the city’s famous Calton Hill.

The monument is modeled similar to Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens and the design follow a circular temple of 9 fluted Corinthian columns surrounding an urn. 

The view of the city from this monument is one of it’s kind that you can’t find anywhere else.  You can see the Arthur’s seat and Salisbury Crags to the iconic castle, old and new towns, Giles Cathedral and all the spires in the city. 

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9 Responses

  1. Great view. But why are all the buildings so brown and grey? They don't like colors? 🙂

    Destination Infinity

    • The buildings in Edinburgh and Glasgow are made of local sandstones. That's why they give that color. In picture what you see in a UNESCO Centre consisting of both old and new towns which were forms centuries before. That explains the color part 🙂

  2. Beautiful shot! Would love to spend time there!

  3. Really enjoyed our walk up Calton Hill and the monuments at the top. THere was also a great art exhibit when we were there.

  4. This is such an iconic landmark for Scotland – I think it appears in the majority of travel photos. It's great to see it in a more authentic light.

  5. Nice shot and info


  6. Beautiful view over Edinburgh

  7. Lovely picture Anu. The view is awesome.

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