The Nelson Monument

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The Nelson Monument - The view from below
The Nelson Monument - The timeball
The Nelson Monument - The monument and the green flowers on the bushes on top of Carlton Hill
The Nelson Monument - The Nelson Monument
The Nelson Monument - The Nelson Monument

The Nelson Monument Edinburgh Reviews

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Nelson Monument May 31, 2013
On the top of the Carlton Hill in Edinburg you’ll find the big Nelson Monument. It is easily seen from all over the city so you don’t really need to climb the hill to have a glimpse of it. It is made in honor of vice admiral Horatio Nelson and it is located at the highest point on Carlton Hill from where it was easily seen by the ships in the harbor. It was important the ships could see the monument since it had replaced an earlier signal flagpole which was used for signals to the ships.

The monument was used to give the time to the ships in the harbor of Leith and in the river Fife. At one o’clock every day when the time canon sounded at the Edinburg Castle the time ball on top of the monument would be lowered so the ships below could set their chronometers. This mechanism were damaged during a storm a few years back but it has been restored and supposedly it is working again – unfortunately I didn’t visit at 1 o’clock so I didn’t observe if it is indeed working. Apparently you can go to the top – but once more I was too early since it isn’t open at 8 in the morning.
The Nelson Monument
The Nelson Monument
The monument and the green flowers…
The timeball
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