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Sir walter Scott Memorial by Estruda Sir walter Scott Memorial by Estruda
The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station.

The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 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 Binny sandstone quarried in nearby Ecclesmachan. Bill Bryson has described it as looking like a "gothic rocket ship"




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
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Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Writer
Beautiful.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work! :)
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Estruda Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
thank you very much
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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biansketch19 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student
Amazing perspective!
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Estruda Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
thank you..
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scorpionflower Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
This tower amazes me every single day.
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lichtie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Another Brilliant shot! I love Edinburgh. What Camers and Lens are you using? (lens:18-55?). Keep up the excellent work!
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Nessa-Pallanen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Très belle photo!
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
You've been featured here! [link]
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