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Sunday, April 13, 2008 

Disgrace or Folly?

Disgrace or Folly?, originally uploaded by sauvagii.

"Whether or not the National Monument was designed to stand as it currently is (apparently barely even started) or not, has long been a matter of debate.

Some say it was a lack of funds that caused the builders to abandon construction, leading to the common title "Edinburgh's Disgrace". Others say this apparently incomplete structure was deliberately intended to be built this way.

Regardless, this National Monument to the Napoleonic Dead stands atop Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Based on the Acropolis, in Athens, its greek columns make it unmistakeable on the City skyline.

Designed by the architects CR Cockerell, and his young assistant William Playfair."

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