Calton Hill, Edinburgh
No disrespect intended to the citizens of the Ukraine. The plaque in the photograph commemorates a 1000 years of Christianity in the Ukraine.
988 - 1988
Saint Wolodymyr the Great - Ruler of Ukraine.
1000 years of Christianity in Ukraine.
The plaque was erected by the Ukrainians who now live in Scotland.
The Royal Observatory is also on Calton Hill, some of which dates from the 1700's. It's a mish-mash of buildings, fitting to the mish-mash of structures on this hill.
There are other monuments up here too, to various famous residents or scholars. From up here you can get a good view across the Forth to Fife (on a clear day - we couldn't even see the bottom of the hill).
Calton Hill lies at the east end of Princes Street (roughly speaking). It's something of an odd place. It's like a "monument dumping ground", full of monuments to this, that and the other, with no apparent uniformity or meaning in their layout.
First thing you'll see as you climb Calton Hill is likely to be the Nelson Memorial - built in 1816 to resemble an upturned telescope.
The Old Calton Burial Ground has some famous people buried there.
Next to the gate is a sign with their names.
Among them David Hume, the philosopher.
There is an obelisk from 1844 commerating Thomas Muir, an exiled revolutionary and other ploitical martyrs.
And a monument depicting Abraham Lincoln with a slave kneeling at his feet is in memory of Scottish soldiers who died in the American Civil War.
Also on Calton Hill is the National Monument - built in 1822 and never completed it is modelled on the Parthenon. It gives Calton Hill the nickname of AThens Of The North.