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The picture shows Scott Monument in Edinburgh ... a night view!

The Scott Monument, among the largest monuments to a writer anywhere in the world, is a truly unique building.

Since the day the competition to design it was announced, the monument has been the subject of much controversy. The gothic masterpiece we see today was chosen from a long list of entries by some of the leading architects working in Britain.

The winner was completely unknown, with no track record of designing anything on this scale. And although his design is now celebrated throughout the world, he never lived to see it completed.
The story of the monument, and much more, is told within the monument’s Museum Room on the first floor. Visitors can discover more about Scott himself, his tumultuous life, his legacy on international literature, as well as the memorial built in his honor. Sound points enable visitors to listen to extracts from his writings.

The Museum Room is also the best place to view four magnificent stained-glass windows, designed by leading 19th-century Scottish artist David Roberts and made by James Ballantine. They feature two saints, Andrew and Giles, as well as the coat of arms of the City of Edinburgh and the coat of arms of Scotland. The room also provides a welcome pause before embarking on the climb to the top.
Sitting proudly at the base of the monument is Sir Walter himself, carved in Carrara marble by Sir John Steell. This monumental statue, fashioned from a single piece of marble weighing 30 tons, took the sculptor six years to complete. It features Scott and his beloved hound Maida.

source: EdinburghMuseums.org.uk

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