The National Monument of Scotland, popularly referred to as Scotland’s Disgrace, the Pride and Poverty of Scotland or Edinburgh’s Shame, is an unfinished building on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. It is Scotland’s national memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died fighting in the Napoleonic Wars and was intended, according to the inscription, to be „A Memorial of the Past and Incentive to the Future Heroism of the Men of Scotland”.
The monument dominates the top of Calton Hill, just to the east of Edinburgh’s New Town. It was designed during 1823-6 by Charles Robert Cockerell and William Henry Playfair and is modelled upon the Parthenon in Athens. Construction started in 1826 and the building was left in its unfinished state in 1829.
Una peste alta, textul zice cum scoţienii au contribuit fix pula – ca nişte români, nu alta! – şi monumentul a rămas aşa, construit cât s-a nimerit şi cât s-a putut. Eu una nu credeam că wikipedia poate avea umor, dar fraza finală m-a făcut să râd cu stropi.
Subsequent attempts to ‘complete’ the National Monument have never borne fruit for reasons of either cost or lack of local enthusiasm. A proposal in 2004 met with a mixed reception.