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Gothic Spire Dedicated to The Wizard of the North
Completed in 1846, this statue of Sir Walter Scott and his dog Maida was built 14 years after his death. The spire was designed by George Meikle Kemp and the statue was conceived by Sir John Steel. The statue is carved from a single block of Carrara marble while the sculptural decorations on the sandstone spire show 16 Scottish writers and 64 characters from Sir Walter Scott's novels. There are 287 steps to the highest gallery - the view is more than worth the effort. The monument will retain its distinctive black color for the foreseeable future, as sandblasting was deemed too dangerous for its slender stonework.
Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh
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Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens
Edinburgh, EH2 2EJ
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